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Sisterland: A Novel | [Curtis Sittenfeld]

Sisterland: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Roxanne Shell Beach, CA, United States 11-25-13
    Roxanne Shell Beach, CA, United States 11-25-13

    Manager of a mortgage banking division in San Luis Obispo, CA.

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    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.

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    Casey 11-05-13
    Casey 11-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    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.

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    sharlyn Lafayette, Co, United States 11-03-13
    sharlyn Lafayette, Co, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about Sisterland?

    the intimacy of authentic feelings, misgivings, steadfast love and the messiness of real relationships.












    Any additional comments?

    I imagined Jennifer Jason Leigh as the psychic sister.

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    Lucy 10-16-13
    Lucy 10-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    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.


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    stephanie 09-17-13
    stephanie 09-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A good listen and story"
    Would you try another book from Curtis Sittenfeld and/or Rebecca Lowman?

    Yes, I liked American Wife very much and am going to listen to other books by author


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    N/A


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    Amanda202 Milton,, NY, United States 09-05-13
    Amanda202 Milton,, NY, United States 09-05-13
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    The book was okay nothing to say wow that was so great. It was a pretty predictable story just nothing that really hooked me.

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    Janet 09-04-13
    Janet 09-04-13
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    "Wonderful Book"

    I was so drawn into the story. The narration is wonderful and the story keeps you interested the entire book.

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    Anne Walters Englewood, Colorado 08-07-13
    Anne Walters Englewood, Colorado 08-07-13 Member Since 2009

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a wildly uncomfortable but compelling read


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sisterland?

    When Daisy had to admit to her husband that the baby she was carrying wasn't his


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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-04-13
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "funny and fabulous summer read. the hype is true!"

    yes, the hype is true. this is one of the best "summer reads" i've listened to...or i've ever encountered, for that matter. after reading multiple (upon multiple) reviews of this book online and in, like, every magazine, i decided to take a dive into a book that is SO not my usual foray. i was utterly impressed and so glad i did.

    there are so many mixed reviews of the narrator in this story, Kate/Daisy. i've read so many people who think she's just an awful person. funny, because i really really liked her. i liked her, i liked violet, i liked hank and jeremy. i liked them all. in their different and somewhat horrible ways, i found something in each of them that i really really liked. and even despite that, even if i didnt like these characters...i would have still loved this story. the novel was so well written, so well conceived, so well realized...it's a fantastic book to read.

    Kate was such a real narrator. she was funny and honest and real. i love characters in stories that you can see stepping off the page and actually being alive, and this is how she is. i thought violet was hysterical. i laughed out loud quite a few times at her reactions to things...her one liners...her commentary.

    look. this is a really great interesting summer read. the characters are extremely well written, and the story is very very captivating. i loved it.

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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 07-16-13
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 07-16-13 Member Since 2011

    I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.

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    "BORING!!!!!"

    This book had an interesting summary.. But it took forever to get to the point.. It took every once of patients to finish this book.. I usually like books with eccentric characters with psychic abilities. I have to say the summary is the best part of this book. It reminds me of a movie preview. You pay the money to see this great movie, and all the best parts where in the trailer...
    The book is about 2 sisters with psychic abilities, but one of the sisters does everything in her power to diminish her abilities.And it's the complete opposite with the other sister who is eccentric and proud to be a medium.
    Violet the sister who is the medium predicts an earthquake.. She goes as far as to publicly admit to the prediction.And this prediction eventually brings the two sisters together.. BORING!!1

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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