Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Weird Sisters

The Weird SistersThe Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn't sure I would like this book, I read a few reviews that expressed a heavy dislike for the "voice" the story was told in. I fell in love with that voice in the first paragraph. I loved this book from beginning to end. As the oldest of five girls, I felt a lot of kinship with the sisters in this book. From the moment they said that they love each other but they don't always like each other to the very last page where they define themselves as sisters, I felt like I was one of the sisters in the story. Personalities so closely matched those in my own family, it was almost painful to read what each sister went through, I could see my sisters going through the same thing.
I thought the story itself sounded mundane, but then reading it in the collaborative voice of the sisters, it took on a life of it's own. It was interesting, poetic and engaging. I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out. An exceptionally well written book.

Synopsis: A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home.

There is no problem that a library card can't solve.

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much. But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.

Recommended Reading:
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard


Cheryl said...

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Erin O'Riordan said...

Very interesting. I like books that have Shakespeare tie-ins, and I hadn't heard of this one.

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