Weird Sisters, The

Eleanor Brown
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...

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-07-30

When I saw this book at the bookstore I was excited. I thought it was supposed to be a good book and so I bought it. After reading the prologue I really thought this would be interesting. I made to roughly page 33 before I couldn't read it further. 

My biggest issue was with the narrator. Our and we were used a lot, and I was trying to understand who was telling the story, since there were three sisters and not one gave any indication that she was the narrator. If Brown wanted to have each sister narrate the story then why didn't she use each chapter or even create sections for each sister to tell her story. Because I couldn't silence the question of who was narrating I couldn't really get into the story.

A number of people have questioned why there were no titles of the books in the house. I wanted to know why every female in the house could leave a book sit and then randomly pick up another. Do none of the women ever suffer from a book hangover? Do they never go someplace private to read a book solely to themselves? As someone who routinely stays awake until 3 or 4 in the morning I couldn't imagine keeping myself apart from the book I was reading. 

Also, there has been a number of reviewers mentioning that each of the sisters was a failure, but claiming they came home to help their mother battle breast cancer. In a house filled with books why didn't any of the sisters fall in love with another author, since Shakespeare is mentioned on every page, and become a professor at another university. Or become a writer? Or a librarian? Why must all three sisters have difficulties that bring them home?

The main problem with this book is that there are more questions the reader has than answers from the book. Descriptions of the characters and of the family home would have been welcomed. But the reader is given only the barest details that don't help to place us in the world of this book.

I keep thinking this could have been a good book if only there were more descriptions and details.

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