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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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    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14
    jennifer BROOKLYN, NY, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Easy to enjoy"

    Another fun listen from Curtis Sittenfeld. Story centers around female twins who share a psychic ability. It's not all "supernatural thriller" tho; this is a modern story with a dash of the magical. And there's enough relationship strain to keep you interested.

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    Elizabeth J. Tarry-crowe Ann Arbor MI 03-31-14
    Elizabeth J. Tarry-crowe Ann Arbor MI 03-31-14

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    "A shocking, amazing, real life story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sisterland to be better than the print version?

    I have only ever listened to Curtis Sittenfeld's books but have found them all amazingly entertaining as audio books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sisterland?

    When Kate acknowledges her lust for the neighbor.


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca Lowman – was your favorite?

    I thought she did a great job with the male voices and Jeremy was portrayed perfectly.


    Who was the most memorable character of Sisterland and why?

    Kate, without a doubt. I love characters that I can sometimes be really angry at, yet feel sympathy for and she did that many times over.


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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
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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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    "So glad they are making it a movie"
    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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    "Unlikable characters"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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
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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 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow reading"

    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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