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Publisher's Summary

A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home.

There is no problem that a library card can't solve. The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much. But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.

©2010 Eleanor Brown (P)2011 Penguin

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"I am not bound to please thee with my answers."

As an English teacher and a fan of Shakespeare, I was disappointed with Brown's treatment of the Bard. I should have known better, because when I heard her interviewed on NPR, and she read an excerpt of the book that contained a Shakespearean quotation, she had no idea where it came from (Romeo and Juliet). I read it anyway... it's an interesting story with believable characters, but it didn't get a rise of emotion from me at any point. I enjoyed her portrayal of setting. I would recommend this to someone who doesn't mind Shakespeare, but isn't passionate about his work.

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Hated It !

Whiny grown children moving home. Blah, blah... The only reason I finished it was because I unfortunately bought it.

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Awful and boring

This book felt so forced. All of the Shakespeare references only added to the mess. I simply can't finish it and have wasted a credit. From the very beginning the book was totally predictable. I felt sorry for the narrator. It must have been teeth grindingly awful to read the thing.

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awesome!

What did you love best about The Weird Sisters?

the craftsmanship of this novel is amazing. the first person plural narration is so perfect for this story/these sisters. The story was well paced and very well balanced between the sisters' sub plots.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Weird Sisters?

Those few moments when the three weird sisters are actually on the same wavelength really do invoke a kind of magic! especially when brown throws in textual mirrors to amplify the effect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no. i needed a little time to settle in to this one. . . especially the narration.

Any additional comments?

give it a shot!

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so true

started slow but blossomed into a good read. ending a little tidy. so typical of the manic comparisons between sisters.

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Boring and Preachy

I can usually find something good thing to say about a book ... not this time.

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Great idea- not worth it in the end

I like the idea of this book more than the book itself. The main characters weren't very likable, and in the end I didn't actually care what happened to them. Bummer.

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Spectacular!!!

My heart is fuller having read The Weird Sisters. it's like my own sister and my relationship was written for this!

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I did not care for this - it felt LOOOOOONG

I forced myself to finish this. It was not engaging to me - the characters were not particularly interesting and the story was bland. I don't recommend it. The voice artist was soothing and I had to fight not to drift off while listening to this.

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There’s wisdom here

Prepare to groan at the incessant and often irrelevant quotes from Shakespeare meant to remind readers ad nauseum that this is a literary family. As “Weird Sister” Cordelia the baker might say, “Cut the sea salt.” Beyond this irritation, Eleanor Brown’s novel, written in the unusual First Person Plural or “We” POV proves an honest and fascinating account of an imperfect family. I have read this book twice, curious to study the application and ramifications of this POV. The first read was forgettable but now, with adult children moving in and out of our home, I relished its wise moments. My father is long dead, my mother has dementia; I found myself listening to encouragement shared between these elders and daughters, as if it were my parents bolstering me. How I miss them.