Thursday, October 3, 2013

Book Review-Weird Sisters

This summer it seemed like everyone I ran into who reads books was suggesting that I read The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, so I put my name on the waiting list.  It was worth the wait!
The story is about 3 sisters, Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia (all named after women from Shakespeare) who grew up in a small Ohio college town where their father teaches, you guessed it, Shakespeare.  Cordy and Bean felt restricted by the small town, so moved out as soon as they could, Cordy before graduating from college.  Rose stayed behind and became a Math professor.  When their mother falls ill with cancer, Rose moves back in with her parents.  She is justifiably surprised to come home one day to find that Bean has moved back home from New York City.  They are both surprised when Cordy shows up.
The sisters aren't sure about each other and have secrets that they are unwilling to share, but in caring for their mother and in being in close proximity again, they learn about themselves and each other.
I enjoyed the book quite a bit.  The characters were interesting and well fleshed out.  They had a story to tell and some growing to do.
Two quotes from the book:
"There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future."
"There is no problem that a library card can't solve."

The Weird Sisters
The Weird Sisters
By Brown, Eleanor
2011-01 - Amy Einhorn Books
9780399157226 Check Our Catalog

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.

HPL patron: 3 sisters raised in a small town with a father who is an expert on Shakespeare.  One stays in town and 2 move away only to come home to find themselves.

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