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Book Review: The Weird Sisters

With the weekend looming (perhaps that’s too ominous … it’s a happy thing), I am already thinking about what book I will dive into. This year, I’ve been reading a steady flow of fiction and nonfiction books, including a number of books through the BlogHer Book Club. My latest one? The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown.

The Weird Sisters tells the story of a trio of sisters — the studious, responsible one, the chic city girl and the free spirit — who all move home after their mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. But what they don’t tell anyone — even each other — is that their returns home are all motivated by other things. They are all getting away from something.

The family has an interesting dynamic — avoiding any deep conversations instead digging into books, which they frequently quote from (especially their Shakespeare professor father). And although the sisters don’t always like each other, they certainly love each other and that comes through again and again in the book.

While the prose was well done in The Weird Sisters, there was a bit of quirkiness that I didn’t love. The book is narrated by a collective “we” voice that represents the three sisters. It’s an odd way to tell the story — I found the “we” voice distracting and unnecessary to the story.

Still, this novel was beautifully written and well-worth reading. If you are looking for a book to get lost in this weekend, I’d definitely recommend this one.

Want to know more? Come join the discussion on The Weird Sisters at the BlogHer Book Club.

Disclosure: I am being compensated for my participation in the BlogHer Book Club but all opinions expressed are my own.

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Saturday 11th of February 2012

I've been reading a lot more lately and my goal is to read a book a month this year. I'm not sure about the "we" though...maybe I'll sit in Barnes and Noble with a copy for a bit and see if I can get past it.


Friday 10th of February 2012

I've been reading a ton lately, and I will add this one to my list. I'm curious about the collective "we" voice though...


Friday 10th of February 2012

Curious is a really good word for it. If you can get past it, then the book is really good.


Friday 10th of February 2012

It's 1:30 in the morning and I was wondering what to get my mom for Valentine's Day. This sounds like the perfect idea.


Friday 10th of February 2012

Yay! Happy it helped.