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“Novelists get called master storytellers all the time, but Sittenfeld really is one. . . . What might be most strikingly excellent about Sisterland is the way Sittenfeld depicts domesticity and motherhood.”—Maggie Shipstead, The Washingto
ebook, 357 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Random House (first published 2013)
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Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would like to rename this book: "Exhaustively and Minutely Detailed Memoir of the Most Boring Person Ever."
Oy, Curtis, Curtis, Curtis.
This book read like an MFA program gone wrong. Stories should have details, yes, but ones like 'I sped up to get into the next lane, passing a van,' should not be one of them. And first person is a choice one makes when one has a personality - not when we are merely slogging through the day - and thoughts - of a person who is just words on a page.
I don't really
Claudia Putnam
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: generic
Kind of horrified. I have loved CS's other books and was looking forward to this one. I didn't mind the topic. I thought it might be interesting in the hands of a truly literary author who had always gone deeply into her characters' minds. And what mind might be more interesting than this one?

Till we find out more about Kate.

(One question that I just have to get off my chest: WHO complains about a guy taking too long to come? WHO DOES THAT? I guess maybe when you've got young children you might
Jul 27, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-library, 2013
This book pissed me off. I enjoyed it in a three star kind of way until about 2/3 of the way through. Until the book's "earthquake" that is and then all of the sudden I'm reading some cheesy Jodi Picoult book. Really? Vi virtually disappears from the story at this point.

It made absolutely no sense that someone of Jeremy's caliber would find himself with someone as dull, unimaginative, incurious, and unambitious as Kate/Daisy. At least Sittenfeld could have made her lively or interesting outside
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went Back To The Future in this gem of a novel. Although it saddens me to think in fifty years teenagers probably won’t get many of the pop culture references, I’ve decided to live in the moment, or the recent past, as this novel clearly does. With The Simpsons, American Idol, Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” Rolling Stone, Christina Aguilera, The Fugitive, “The Way You Look Tonight,” Today, Animal House, Spin Doctors, Blues Brothers, Monty Python, Good M ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story! entertaining,thought provoking and a bit predictable but satisfying outcome at the end (paperback!)
Daisy and Violet Shramm grew up as troubled young girls, struggling with their unhappy parents and being bullied at school, with their unusual abilities - they're psychic, a hazy set of abilities vaguely defined as their 'senses' - compounding these problems. Now the twin sisters are in their mid-thirties, and Daisy, who narrates this story, is married with two young children, having changed her name to the less distinctive Kate. Meanwhile, Vi has embraced the things that make her different; she ...more
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't *PREP*, elite High School Boarding School classic ....
*AMERICAN WIFE*, ....or perhaps Laura Bush and the portrait of an enduring marriage....
*ELIGIBLE*....the retelling of Pride and Prejudice

It's *SISTERLAND*.....a story about twin sisters, loyalty, betrayal, psychic abilities,
parenting, an earthquake ...with excellent dialogue. I listen to most of this novel -
audiobook ( a few times I read parts also)...

I enjoyed it ....I'm a big Curtis Sittenfeld fan. I actually enjoyed this s

This was horrible.

I love the idea of twins, I even want them someday, just ask my husband I talk about it all the time! And then the fact that this book had psychic twins?! Uh, duh yeah! I wanted to read it.

But this book...just YUCK! I had to finish it to know what happened, but seriously I just don't care.

This read more like a day to day life than I ever wanted to hear about. I read books to escape my day to day life, not read about someone else cleaning up baby poop or doing laundry. Yawn
Well I think for a while I was punishing her for being Curtis Sittenfeld, of which I know a few things. One of the things I know about her is that she currently lives in St. Louis, and is married to a SLU professor, and recently wrote a purportedly positive article about St. Louis, but with which my hipster St. Louis friends strongly disagreed. Two is that she wrote Prep and American Wife, the fact of which is no state secret, but I dearly loved both of those books and thus held crazy high hopes ...more
Sisterland was good, but also my least favorite of Sittenfeld’s books. I’ve been a long time fan of her stories, devouring Prep, American Wife, Man of My Dreams, and most recently, earlier this year, Eligible. She writes enjoyable fiction.

Sisterland is a story about two twin sisters, Vi and Daisy (Kate), who are very different but still stay connected. They fight and makeup regularly. Vi is a psychic, and her lifestyle embarrasses Daisy, who is a suburban St. Louis mom, desperate for normalcy.
Diane Wallace
Good story! entertaining,thought provoking and a bit predictable but satisfying outcome at the end (paperback!)
Nov 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Disclaimer: I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. While I love Sittenfeld's writing, none of this influenced my opinion in any way.

I like Curtis Sittenfeld. She doesn't feel the need to give in to peer pressure and make her characters likeable. She takes chances. She says things we might think or say to ourselves sometimes, but of which we know we should keep them for ourselves. She's funny in a subtle way.

The first and only one her novels I read before is Prep, w
May 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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Polly Ascher
I had high hopes for this book. Earthquakes? I'm totally fascinated by them. The paranormal? I read a ton about it. St Louis? I consider it my co-hometown. I was hooked the first part of the novel.

Identical twins Daisy (known later as Kate) and Violet (Vi) have psychic abilities which Daisy try's desperately to suppress and Vi embraces. Vi makes a prediction about a major earthquake hitting St Louis on a specific date, and the story unfolds.

I thought Curtis Sittenfeld did a great job at the be
Julie Ehlers
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think Curtis Sittenfeld is kind of underrated, and I've been trying to figure out why that is, and I was going to use this review to speculate about the reasons people might feel disappointed by her books despite the fact that I, personally, always enjoy them. Then I was reminded of how much it sucks when people can't explain why they like a book without condescending to the people who don't like it. Simply put, if you have to resort to talking about how other people don't "get" a book instead ...more
Laurie Anderson
Meh. Not my cup of tea.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elle
When I opened the package my editor sent me and saw that one of the books I had to review was the latest Curtis Sittenfeld, the first thought that came to mind was, "Ugh, read this one first and get it over with quickly." The only other book of hers I've read is the horrible Prep and her magazine interviews always read as much too self-satisfied to me, so when the time came, I girded my loins, cracked open the book and consciously determined to be fair. I was very pleased to discover as I read, ...more
Chris Go
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think anyone who has had a family member who makes him or her cringe, and that he or she has tried to keep a secret, will enjoy this book. If that family member is your sister, I think Sisterland will draw you in all the more. If you are fascinated by twins, you may also enjoy it. Heck, if you can read, you may just want to crack it open.

The sisters in Sisterland are identical twins, Vi (short for Violet) and Kate. They are in their 30's. Their mother has been dead for a decade, and their fath
Rebecca Foster
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To call this a novel about twins with ESP would be a drastic oversimplification – it’s about parenthood, family inheritance, beliefs that contradict rationality, race and suspicion in modern America, loyalty, betrayal, and, above all, sisterhood.

Where Sittenfeld excels is in voicing an absolutely believable female, first-person subjectivity, especially when recreating adolescence and high school experiences; she also knows well the ways of introverts.

It cannot be denied that the plot becomes rat
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Really engrossing and well written story about twins Daisy (who later calls herself Kate) and Violet who have "senses" or psychic abilities. As the story begins, Violet predicts a strong earthquake is coming. The story weaves between the twins' past and present, fleshing out their complicated relationship, while building suspense - is a quake coming or not?

Sittenfeld is a master at character development and storytelling - highly recommend.
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
Oooooof. I feel as though I was just punched in the stomach. What a great, great story.

Curtis Sittenfeld is one of my favorite writers; she gets to the heart of the most human, ordinary moments, and connects me as the reader in a way that makes me say "YES. THAT." all the time. "Sisterland" is a tale of identical twin sisters, Violet and Daisy Shramm, who came of age in 80s St. Louis. They have a shared sense of ESP beyond stereotypical twinness, or, as they call it "having senses." In adulthoo
May 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out as a solid 4 star, and had 5 star potential but by the end, it was a 3 star. Some books are about characters and don't focus much on plot, others have a great mix of both, and some are just action driven where you really don't know the characters. This one was strictly character driven, with little to no plot movement. The premise is that two sisters are psychic and one of them has repressed her psychic abilities, but the other still uses them. The other, Vi, predicts a ter ...more
Kathy Cunningham
Curtis Sittenfeld’s SISTERLAND is ostensibly the story of twin sisters born with precognition. Violet and Daisy grew up understanding that they had “senses,” meaning the ability to foresee future events. As an adult, Violet (or Vi) embraces those senses, and makes them part of her everyday life – she aids the police in a kidnapping case and does readings for paying clients. Daisy (who changes her name to Kate during college) rejects her senses, and makes every effort to become a normal housewife ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, awful-people
Wretched. So there's these identical twins, and one is responsible and good and always has a steady boyfriend: Daisy. One is wild and bad: Violet. So, Sweet Valley's Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, but with some psychic abilities, living in St. Louis, with a distant father and deceased, depressed mother. The book is narrated by the good twin, who changes her name to Kate when she goes to college. But it's just too bad that the good twin is a despicable, wholly unsympathetic mess of a character, ...more
1.5 stars

The first review of this I tried to post got waylaid whilst floating in the interwebs, which is probably just as well: it was filled with much more vitriol than I intended. I mentioned in it that despite its unnecessary heft, I enjoyed American Wife, Ms. Sittenfeld's fictional examination of First Lady Laura Bush's life. I like the exacting detail on display, and I really appreciate the effort to, I suppose, 'humanize' Alice Blackwell (er, Laura Bush) and make her a sympathetic characte
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-reads
Tedium, thy name is Sisterland. A whole pile of whiny nothing happens in this book. And then when something remotely interesting happens, it's wrapped up nicely in 20 pages, where it's obvious the author has realised something. That 'something', being that she has withered on for many many pointless chapters, and now needs to wrap it up neatly- so let's have a chapter of disjointed segments of a story, firstly leaping forward by 6months, then 2 years and then THIRTY 'what if' years?? Snore.
Tracey Garvis-Graves
Absolutely fantastic. I have actually read it twice. As a twin, there were so many things I could relate to.
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This hasn't taken the place of American Wife or Prep in my heart, but I was still engrossed through and through. Sittenfeld writes a novel exactly how I'd want to write a novel - detailed, observant, with plenty of meaty flashbacks. In fact, the flashbacks were probably my favourite part of Sisterland...full chapters about the twins growing up with this psychic ability hovering around them.

Daisy is a little too judgemental, and Vi is a little too out there (I'm no Daisy - but Violet was frustra
It was with trepidation that I started Sisterland, the sole remaining unread Curtis Sittenfeld novel in my repertoire. The blurb promised identical twin sisters gifted in ESP, one of whom predicts a catastrophic earthquake in St. Louis, a scientifically and thus narratively improbable event that nevertheless serves as the story’s catalyst. For those unfamiliar with her work, Sittenfeld plays with extreme hyperrealism, observations so mundane that many readers deem her “boring” or statements so s ...more
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Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the new novel Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (due out April 2016) as well as the bestselling novels Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which have been translated into twenty-five languages. Curtis's writing has appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair,Time, Slate, Glamour, ...more
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“We all make mistakes, don't we? But if you can't forgive yourself, you'll always be an exile in your own life.” 25 likes
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