Most known to readers in this country for her excellent work as a poet, with the collections Do Not Awaken Them With Hammers and Copper Canyon Press’ pH Neutral History, Lidija Dimkovska visits from her Ljubljana, Slovenia home for her award-winning novel, A Spare Life (Two Lines Press, translated from the Macedonian by Christina E. Kramer). “A Spare Life uses the boldest of metaphors – the life of conjoined twins – to embody the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. This strange and wonderful novel brings to mind Elena Ferrante and Magda Szabó in the acuity of its social observation and the depth of its mordant humor.” — Katie Kitamura. “Dimkovska has an eye for detail befitting of a poet and the stark, unrelenting prose of a master storyteller. A Spare Life is a weird and wonderful book, capturing the quirk and complexity of both a declining Yugoslavia, and the inseparable lives of two sisters with clarity, wit, and heart.” — Sara Novic.