The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The Weird Sisters

“But the truth was, we had failed, and rather than let anyone else know, we crafted careful excuses and alibis, and wrapped them around ourselves like a cloak to keep out the cold truth.  The first state:  denial.”

This is a story of three sisters who return home to restructure their lives and to care for their ill mother.  The girls, Cordelia, Bianca and Roselind, are named after Shakespearean characters – their father a professor who raised his family to avoid television, read for pleasure and quote the Bard as part of regular conversation.

Eleanor Brown takes a chance with her first novel, and narrates this books in the first person plural.  We – the weird sisters – are the collective narrator.  I didn’t mind this, and appreciated the effort.  Each sister has their own problem – mostly about growing up.  In spite of the unusual narrative and the Shakespearean connections, the book didn’t bowl me over.  I didn’t care about the characters and the storyline was predictable.  Didn’t hate it, but didn’t love it either.

3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2011
320 pages


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I'm a stay-at-home mom with three kids who loves to read.
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