The Weird Sisters. Eleanor Brown. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
“So we love each other, we just don’t happen to like each other very much” is the line above the title on The Weird Sisters cover, and to me, this sums up a lot of family relations. Written about the Andreas sisters and their return home as adults under the guise of caring for their ill mother, the sisters are forced together and to grow up. As a family of readers raised by a renowned Shakespeare professor, the sisters are named after famous Shakespearean female characters. The oldest Rosalind, who goes by Rose, believes she holds the family together and that without her everything would surely fall apart. Bianca, the middles sister, goes by Bean. While she is clearly intelligent, her lust for money has gotten her into big trouble and she leaves the city to escape guilt and consequences. Finally, we have Cordelia, Cordy, who is a free spirit who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and returns home out of necessity for a safe and stable home for herself and the baby. All three sisters return home to ‘care for their mother’ but in reality are forced to deal with each other and their secrets.
Let me first tell you that I LOVE this book! Really, this is the second time I have read it and I was equally engaged and attracted to the characters as I was the first time. While the pages are sprinkled with references to Shakespeare and quotes, you don’t need to know or even like Shakespeare to enjoy the book. I found Brown’s use of first person plural narrative voice is unusual and engaging. Viewing the sisters as a whole but also through the view of each of them created a unity between them. While they each attempt to prove how different they are from one another, they are linked throughout the story as “we” instead of individuals. Completely entertaining and thought provoking, this book had me laughing and crying. You don’t need to have sisters to identify with the characters, it’s really about the relationships among friends and family and I found myself (an only child) completely drawn into and in love with the Andreas family. This is one book I would highly recommend and I will definitely be reading again!
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