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The Weird Sisters
The Weird Sisters
Author: Eleanor Brown
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 Sha...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780425244142
ISBN-10: 0425244148
Publication Date: 2/7/2012
Pages: 368
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 116 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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njmom3 avatar reviewed The Weird Sisters on + 1247 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
This book is a character study of a family - the parents and particularly the three daughters. The novel does not have much of a plot. In the context of a few events, it looks at the individuals and what makes them who they are. As such, I found a lot that I could relate to in the book. The characters seemed real and believable.

I did find a few things disconcerting about the book. Because the story is character based and not plot based, at times, it seemed a little long. Also the narrator or voice of the story is the three sisters - references to "us" and "our parents." However, each sister is then discussed in the third person as if the other two were talking about her. That took a little getting used to. At first, I found the Shakespearian references distracting, but once I got over the need to look each one up, they were fun!

The one thing I wish is that the characters of the parents especially the mother were explored more fully. The book hints at the story of her life but does not go into it. I wanted to know!
kdurham2813 avatar reviewed The Weird Sisters on + 753 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
A book with a lot of recent hype, which always makes me a little nervous because I want the book to really earn the hype that it receives.

So onward to the review - purely wonderful read. I hate to say that I had a hard time finding a chunk of time to read it, but page by page I fell in love with this read. A story of three sisters that come home to regroup and get their lives on different tracks. Close to home, this story made me think about my return to "home" or where my parents currently live, with my boyfriend to take jobs and regroup. My little sister also came back to where my parents live to regroup and take her life down a different path. Fortunately, our own issues brought us close to our parents, unlike the book where the girls use their mother's illness as the reason to return home.

My one small minor issue that I was able to overcome was the frequency of quotes from Shakespeare. Not being a Shakespeare fan, I probably would have gotten into the read quicker because I felt as though there were quite a few more at the beginning in comparison to the end. They did fit in the story, so if you knew the story line, it was easy to interpret the quotes.

I quickly became attached to each of the three sisters in very different ways. Their story arcs were unique, but interconnected and the flashbacks to previous years helped guide the story along. The book centered around the three girls, but the parents and other minor characters were very much a part of bringing this story to life.

I am physically passing this book onto mom and would recommend those who have a sister or two to pick this one up.
SanJoseCa avatar reviewed The Weird Sisters on + 328 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is a story about three adult sisters that move back home. They supposedly return to help care for their mother who has cancer, but each sister has other secret reasons for coming home. (homelessness, pregnancy, larceny, to name a few.)
I really wanted to like this book. I loved the author's descriptive writing. The story was character driven and I think that was my problem....I just didn't like any of the characters.

Interesting note- The three witches or sometimes called the Weird Sisters' are also characters in the William Shakespeare play MACBETH.
Jitterbug3 avatar reviewed The Weird Sisters on + 198 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I tried very hard to enjoy this book but I just couldn't. I felt like it moved too slow and didn't get anywhere. I did have a hard time with the third personal plural voice but I did eventually adjust to it. But after almost 200 pages I asked myself, why was I forcing myself to finish...and I didn't.
reviewed The Weird Sisters on + 49 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown is about three sisters who move back home to care for their mother who has breast cancer. Rose is the oldest and had already moved back to tend to both aging parents, whether they needed help or not. Shes the mother hen, the one who takes control, the one who willingly and begrudgingly heaps responsibility on her own shoulders. Bianca, aka Bean, is the middle sister. Shes a self-centered thirty-year old who sucks up attention much like a smoker inhales a cigarette. She also a thief, an embezzler. But wait! Theres more. Youll have to read about her other alluring attributes, but I will tell you that I would vote her least likely to choose as a friend. She irked me. Finally, theres the twenty-seven-year-old baby, Cordelia. Cordy is a free spirit, a nomad, a wanderer. Shes also pregnant, something she picked up along her travels.

The sisters are so different that they dont always get along. Brown writes, See, we love one another. We just dont happen to like one another very much. While the differences grate on their relationships, they are all bound by one thing; they love books. They grew up reading anything and everything. Books are like oxygen and they will pick up any book just as long as theyre reading. Their dad is a professor of English who has devoted his life to Shakespeare. He only speaks Shakespearean, a language Im neither familiar with nor really tempted to learn right now. But in their family its somehow endearing to the girlsfor me, not so much. I prefer to converse with my parents in non-riddles. All three sisters are named after Shakespearean characters, and the weird sisters refers to the witches in Macbeth.

The good news is, you dont have to be a Bard fan to like this book. Its about the sister dynamics and their individual struggles. I wasn't so sure I was going to like the book, since I cannot truly relate to any of the characters. But I did like it, probably for just that reason. It brought me into an unfamiliar world. I think the novel would be a good candidate for a book club selection, because the discussion could center not only around sisters in general, or these particular sisters, but also about each of their personalities. Read other reviews at http://readinginthegarden.blogspot.com
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