The Weird Sisters
The three Andreas sisters grew up in the cloistered household dominated by their Shakespearean professor father, a prominent, eccentric academic whose reverence for the Bard left its imprint on his daughters' names: Rosalind (As You Like It), Bianca (The Taming of the Shrew), and Cordelia (King Lear). The siblings eventually left home and escaped their ponderous monikers w...more
The story is simple - three sisters who were reunited in their home town to aid their ailing mother. There's nothing fancy about the plot, except when you started to read it. What I love about the book is how expected each moment can be, yet there is a dash of twist in each way the story was told. Each sisters has their own story, which they tried to ran away...more
This is the second book in a row that I have read set here in Ohio. The first one,Knockemstiff, was most excellent; Weird Sisters I’m sorry to say was shit. This book was just, beyond words, sucky. Gack! I even finished it because I wasn’t going to let it beat me.
Here’s the clever premise. Three sisters by the names of Bianca, Cordelia , and Rose (short for Roselyn? I just don’t care) are born to a family who can’t stop reading…..ever. They are born to parents whose nam...more
This is the first book I have read that uses a first-person-plural narrative style, and it was so completely appropriate; you get the sense that this book came together with these three sisters sitting around a Pensieve after the events of this book have transpired, looking at them playing out again, and dictating the story to the author, who has set up shop with a typewriter in the adjacent corner of the room.
I liked the book and the interactions between the sisters/the sisters and their parents/the sisters and non-family members. It did seem as if some of the character traits or sce...more
A fast and engaging read with well drawn characters
But, when the Vice President comes flying down the hall to give you her copy because she's sure you'd enjoy it...well.... And to be fair, we did talk about it when we were doing the Walk for the Cure in October, and our...more
I enjoyed reading this book more than I thought I would. It starts with a set up of three sisters, Rosiland, Bianca, and Cordelia, who are named after characters in Shakespeare plays (their father...more
UPDATE: This was an audiobook for me or I would not have read it as my sister abandoned it and I trust her when it comes to readability. However I had already borrowed it from the library and went ahead. It did improve and I did warm up to the characters some, but there were definitely some irksome contrivances, foremost the speaking in Shakespearean snip...more
I read the synopsis, but just couldn't get past the same thing my gr friend couldn't: It wasn't a paranormal book, and with that title, I kept looking for the magic. I *knew* it wasn't a paranormal book, but still...felt mislead. Go figure.
The story was okay...but my biggest problem was with the point of view. We have three sisters...we're TOLD there are three sisters....more
I had recently listened to Alan Cummings' stellar performance of Macbeth
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 spe
“She remembered one of her boyfriends asking, offhandedly, how many books she read in a year. "A few hundred," she said.
"How do you have the time?" he asked, gobsmacked.
She narrowed her eyes and considered the array of potential answers in front of her. Because I don't spend hours flipping through cable complaining there's nothing on? Because my entire Sunday is not eaten up with pre-game, in-game, and post-ga...more
There are three adult sisters who come back to their childhood home obstensibly because of their mother's breast cancer diagnosis, but each has selfish reasons for coming back to a small college town that two of them once fled.
Much is made of their birth order and the differences that manifest in each sister as a result. There is a lot of sniping and criticism; they have...more
Don’t be put off too quickly though! The Weird Sisters does have a lot going for it. To start with, the references to Shakespeare are a nice touch. The sisters are constantly quoting him – a hab...more
It's not perfect.
Perhaps I demand t...more
The 3 sisters were trite & stereotypical & for most of the book, I had the urge to smack them upside the head.
The first person, plural narrative voice was a massive fail. On the author's website in the FAQ for this book, she talks about finding that very few authors have...more
To be fair, I think you should know I am the youngest of five sisters. Yes, that’s right, five. Let the sympathy for our father begin. I was curious to see if author Eleanor Brown could capture that interesting, odd and unusual relationship between sisters. Would she unlock the childhood dynamics of growing up in small town A...more
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A reader, writer, and reviewer, Eleanor lives in Colorado with her partner, writer J.C. Hutchins.
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"How do you have the time?" he asked, gobsmacked.
She narrowed her eyes and considered the array of potential answers in front of her. Because I don't spend hours flipping through cable complaining there's nothing on? Because my entire Sunday is not eaten up with pre-game, in-game, and post-game talking heads? Because I do not spend every night drinking overpriced beer and engaging in dick-swinging contests with the other financirati? Because when I am waiting in line, at the gym, on the train, eating lunch, I am not complaining about the wait/staring into space/admiring myself in reflective surfaces? I am reading!
"I don't know," she said, shrugging.”