Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times best-selling author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.
From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar "senses" - innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.
Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that a devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. More troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister, and truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.
Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today.
©2013 Curtis Sittenfeld (P)2013 Random House Audio
"A smart and sophisticated portrait... Sittenfeld has an astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers’ heads." (The Washington Post, on American Wife)
"Hilarious...a richly textured narrative." (The New Yorker, on Prep)
"[Sittenfeld] writes with humor, intelligence, insight, and heart. She’s also as good at sharp social satire as she is at tender mercies." (The Boston Globe, on The Man of My Dreams)
I am from St. Louis and I grew up during the same time that these girls did. The time and places from the story was a chance to revisit my youth. That part was wonderful, however, if I weren't from St. Louis this book would not have been a much of a listen.
I would to someone my age from St. Louis. Anyone else I would say it isn't bad but it isn't anything to go out of your way for.
I liked the parts that spoke of the places I have been and things I have done.
Yes. It made me tell my husband how much I love him and how I would never ever do something like that to him.
I can't believe how many times they mentioned Target and Schnucks. The entire book seemed to be more about running errands than have an actual story. I'm still trying to figure out the point of the book. Don't believe in psychics? Love your sister? Don't love your sister? Ways to waste $15,000? Don't have an affair? It just didn't really seem to have much of a point.
I like this author & I liked this book, unlike others who have written reviews. It was beautifully written & thought-provoking. What if you don't really like your identical twin, or approve of her life choices? The way this author writes maybe isn't for everyone, but I like her writing style.
A better story
The psychic element being so minimal. Actually--the characters are so unlikeable. Can I just go on and say the story itself was the most disappointing part?
I don't want to give away the ending, but I like a scene at the very end with Gabe.
The narrator was pretty good. A little inconsistent at first, but it leveled out.
I was disappointed, expecting a story more about twins and their psychic abilities and the consequences. Instead it is more about the relationship between two sisters, their differences and similarities, somewhat interesting but not exciting.
Let me start by saying that I LOVE Curtis Sittenfeld. Prep is one of my all-time favorites. Having said that, Sisterland is just as well written and Rebecca Lowman's performance is excellent. However, the story is so boring for the majority of the book I almost felt like giving up on it. The 1st 80% of the book consists of Kate's flashbacks (most of which are completely irrelevant) and her interactions with Vi/Jeremy/Hank/the kids in present day. A ton of focus is put on Vi's earthquake prediction for the first 80% of the book. But then, it seems as though it was just written off in a few sentences as we moved on to the other big plot development. I almost felt duped--I had built up all of this anticipation for Oct 16th, only to be let down. Then it was like I was reading a completely different story in the last 20%. And the last 20% was the best part! In hindsight, I wish that Oct 16th would have just happened somewhere around the halfway point, so we could have explored the aftermath a bit more fully.
the intimacy of authentic feelings, misgivings, steadfast love and the messiness of real relationships.
I imagined Jennifer Jason Leigh as the psychic sister.
I can't say that I loved the book but I did finish it and was curious to know how it would all end up. Being an identical twin myself, I found some of the situations and dialogue between the sisters to be spot on. Otherwise I thought the twins were generally an unlikable pair.
Yes, I liked American Wife very much and am going to listen to other books by author
The book was okay nothing to say wow that was so great. It was a pretty predictable story just nothing that really hooked me.
I was so drawn into the story. The narration is wonderful and the story keeps you interested the entire book.
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