The 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

Description


This is the "delightful" (People) New York Times bestseller that's earned raves from Sarah Blake, Helen Simonson, and reviewers everywhere-the story of three sisters who love each other, but just don't happen to like each other very much...

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can't solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard's heroines. It's a lot to live up to.

The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them...

About the Author


Eleanor Brown's writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, and journals. She holds an M.A. in Literature and works in education in South Florida but will be living in the Denver area, Colorado at pub date.

Praise For…


"Irresistible." — The Boston Globe

"Lovely...This novel should appeal to Shakespeare lovers, bibliophiles, fans of novels in academic settings, and stories of sisterhood. The narration is a creative and original blending of the three 'Weird Sisters' as one." — Library Journal

"Brown writes sweetly of the transition so many adults struggle to make before their parents' eyes, from children to caretakers themselves." — The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Product Details
ISBN: 9780425244142
ISBN-10: 0425244148
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: February 7th, 2012
Pages: 400
Language: English
 

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