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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 with nicknames, but their mother's medical maladies brings them back. Before long, their unwelcome reunion reveals that they all have problems: Rose is force-feeding a troubled relationship; Bean is entangled in a big city case of embezzlement; and unmarried Cordy is pregnant. Eleanor Brown's first fiction has justly won praise as "thought-provoking... poignant... sparkling and devourable."
400 pages, Paperback
First published January 20, 2011
We think in some ways we have done this ourselves our whole lives, searching for the book that will give us the keys to ourselves, let us into a wholly formed personality as though it were a furnished room to let, as though we could walk in and look around and say to the grey haired landlady behind us, “We’ll take it.”The voice of the narration mysteriously drifts from omnipresent third person to omnipresent second person speaking for the combined spirit of "we three sisters" (and sometimes two sisters examining the third). The author has included a positive disinterested role for a church pastor--something many secular authors fail to do.