Weird Sisters (Paperback)

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A book club pick for the Cottage Book Club, The Weird Sisters turned out
to be a real sleeper! It's hard to believe that this is the author's
first novel. The writing is superb, and the character studies are
amazing!
The three sisters in the Andreas family-Rosalind (from As You Like It),
Bianca (from The Tempest) and Cordelia (from King Lear) were named by
their father who is a Shakespearian scholar and professor of English
Literature at the local college. Throughout the girls' childhood, Dr.
Andreas quotes lines from Shakespeare for almost every conversation in
their lives, whether it be advise, or just everyday observations. Of
course, the girls pick up on this and simply cannot help bringing to
mind these quotes throughout their own lives.
The girls are three years apart, and, as in most families, there are
issues of jealousy, family love, hurt feelings, great sorrow, and joy.
Brown leads the reader through the troubled lives of the sisters in
their effort to figure out what lif has in store for them. The dialogue
is right-on among the girls and their parents as the sisters all come
home "to roost" when their mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. This
is NOT a "downer" book, but one to savor and enjoy...especially if you
have a sister! And believe it or not, there are times when you'll
laugh-out-loud!

— Karen L.

Fall '12 Reading Group List


“The sisters in this funny and touching book are not 'weird' in the modern sense of the word; the title refers to the three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Headed by a father who was a professor of Shakespeare and his loving wife, the Andreas family was certainly unusual, and the three daughters grew up speaking in couplets, quoting Hamlet, and reading constantly. When their mother develops breast cancer, all three sisters return to their Midwestern home to aid in her care -- and end up caring for each other as well. This is a wonderful tribute to literature, the bonds of sisterhood, and the importance of family.”
— Ellen Burns, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT

February 2011 Indie Next List


“The sisters in this funny and touching book are not 'weird' in the modern sense of the word; the title refers to the three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Headed by a father who was a professor of Shakespeare and his loving wife, the Adreas family was certainly unusual, and the three daughters grew up speaking in couplets, quoting Hamlet, and reading constantly. When their mother develops breast cancer, all three sisters return to their Midwestern home to aid in her care - and end up caring for each other as well. This is a wonderful tribute to literature, the bonds of sisterhood, and the importance of family.”
— Ellen Burns, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT

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"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.


A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780007393725
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: August 2011
 

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