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The Weird Sisters

Brown, Eleanor (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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Watch a video 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.
Authors: Brown, Eleanor, 1973-
Title: The weird sisters
Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2011.
Characteristics: 320 p. ;, 24 cm.
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ISBN: 9780399157226
0399157220
Statement of Responsibility: Eleanor Brown
Subject Headings: Sisters Fiction. Terminally ill parents Fiction. Middle-aged women Fiction.
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction-2011.
Topical Term: Sisters
Terminally ill parents
Middle-aged women
LCCN: 2010029599
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A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "There is no problem a library card can't solve." These wise and wonderful words appear on the overleaf of The Weird Sisters, and set the tone for the adventures of the quirky Andreas sisters. Rose, the oldest, suffers from a failure to launch, while her siblings Bianca and Cordelia have launched--directly into the waiting arms of Trouble. A family crisis brought all three back home, and under the same roof, where they're going to have to go several rounds with Reality before the book is over.

It sounds pretty formulaic but it really isn't. The Weird Sisters is heart-tugging without being maudlin, smart withing being condenscending, and real without turning the Andreas family into a circus of dysfunction. True, they have some serious problems to tackle. But...William Shakespeare plays a strong supporting role in the story and I think that by about page 300, even he would be able to tell that most everything was going to pretty much "end well."

If you have siblings, you'll recognize some of the contortions that the relationship between the three sisters udnergoes. I loved Brown's first-person-plural construction (I think that's what you call it). As the oldest sibling in a close threesome, I know how easy it is to start thinking of yourselves as one entity with three heads.

I'm surprised that this is Elanor Brown's first novel. She's a wonderful storyteller and this is one of those rare ficiton books where you feel like the time you spent with the characters was well worth it. Highly recommended.

“There is no problem a library card can’t solve.” These words set the tone for the adventures of the quirky Andreas sisters. Rose, the oldest, suffers from a failure to launch, while her siblings Bianca and Cordelia have launched – directly into the waiting arms of Trouble. A family crisis has brought all three back home, and under the same roof, where they’re going to have to go several rounds with Reality before the book is over.

It sounds pretty formulaic but it really isn’t. The Weird Sisters is heart-tugging without being maudlin, smart without being condescending, and real without turning the Andreas family into a circus of dysfunction.

If you have siblings, you’ll recognize some of the contortions that the relationship between the three sisters undergoes.

I’m surprised that this is Eleanor Brown’s first novel. She’s a wonderful storyteller and this is one of those rare fiction books where you feel like the time you spent with the characters was well worth it. Highly recommended.

An enjoyable read if a little unbelievable regarding the father quoting Shakespeare at every drop of the hat.

Jan 01, 2013
  • Suzanne_Library rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting characters, engaging story, wonderful quotations from Shakespeare sprinkled throughout. And a very satisfying denouement. Great holiday reading.

Nov 03, 2012
  • branch_reviews rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Andreas sisters return home to care for their ailing mother but are they returning home just to care for their mother or are there underlying reasons for the return to their childhood home? It is an eccentric family who is headed by a father who is a renowned professor of Shakespeare who communicates in verse and has named all three daughters for great Shakespearean women. The sisters are incredibly different and have found that life isn’t what they thought it would be and coming home to care for their parents has set them on a path to resolve their own issues. It is a debut novel with wonderful characters and for fans of novels in academic settings and stories about sisters. Reviewed by DW

Aug 10, 2012
  • nats310 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Brown has a pleasant writing style, but I never found the characters or their motivations particularly believable. I felt like I was told that one character was an irresistible force of nature, and another drew people in effortlessly, but never actually saw this through Brown's depictions. The Shakespearean theme was trite.

Jul 21, 2012
  • mbssmith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It was like I really knew Rose, Cordy and Bean like people by the end of this book. In the beginning the narration was confusing but I eventually got the hang of it.

Jun 30, 2012
  • cjenning rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Typical story line expected of chick lit a fun read

Jun 14, 2012
  • jenny1234p rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this book was very interesting

Apr 04, 2012
  • epreid rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Another cottage read. It isn't a challenge and would make a good Hallmark movie.

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Jan 26, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

when she discovered how to sneak out of the house on Friday and Saturday nights and follow the sounds of hysteria and beer, she had learned to flirt through the haze of smoke and noise, how to kiss without making any promises, and how to reel a man across the room with only a look.

Jan 26, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

when I am waiting in line, at the gym, on the train, eating lunch, I am not complaining about the wait/staring into space/admiring myself in available reflective surfaces? I am _reading_!

Jan 26, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

she’s with Lyssie (short for Lysistrata – whenever we complain about our unfashionable names, we remember that we could have been the daughters of a classics professor)

Jan 26, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Cordy was sorely underprepared for the fact that her smile and her ability to get an entire room full of Shakespearean scholars to do the Macarena (true story) would not necessarily guarantee her perennial success.

Jan 26, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is our mother. The four horsemen of the Apocalypse could be bearing down hard and fast upon us, and she would want to make sure our father had eaten. So he wouldn’t, you know, get hungry in the afterlife or something.

Jan 26, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

She read her way through Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, and looked for clues everywhere she went, noting them down in her _Harriet the Spy_ notebook, though she found their unwillingness to add up to anything a perennial disappointment.

Jan 26, 2012
  • andreareads rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

she knew it was crazy and stupid, and completely unlike her, and conceivably that is why she agreed to go along with it.

Jan 24, 2011
  • julij rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"There is no problem that a library card can't solve." Great quote from THE WEIRD SISTERS by Eleanor Brown. twitter.com/@eleanorwrites

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