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The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The Weird Sisters

by Eleanor Brown

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this review is for the audiobook edition, narrated by kirsten potter.

kirsten potter's narration was excellent. unfortunately, i did not love the story as much as i enjoyed listening to potter's voice. eleanor brown chose to use first-person-plural POV in her narration. this is a *really* tricky voice to pull of effectively, and it just didn't work for me, or serve the story well. the story had so much potential, but i felt kept at arm's length by the voice, and that balancing the woes of these privileged daughters wasn't really achieved. i did like the idea of the shakespearean tie-ins to this book, but felt it ended up being an overused device. (and i really love me some shakespeare!) being used so often in the story, the strategy served to muffle any real personal emotions the characters were trying to work through. the ending, for all the messiness in the lives of the three sisters, was too tidy.

so... bummer.

for potter's narration, 4+ stars.
for the story itself, 1 star. (sorry!!!) ( )
  Booktrovert | Jan 3, 2019 |
I liked the idea. A kooky family brought back together by the mother's illness.
Three sisters move back in with their mom and their Shakespeare obsessed father.

Rose is the oldest, she lives closest to her parents and has been a bit of a caregiver to everyone. Her fiancée is offered a job in England right around the time of her mom's diagnosis.
Bea is the middle child, she has been living in NYC and made a big enough decision at work to cause her to run home with all of her belongings.
Cordy is the youngest, she's a free spirit who doesn't have a home. She doesn't stay in one place long enough.

They all wind up back home, trying to deal with the changes in their lives, trying to become better versions of themselves, dealing with their mom's cancer and trying to accept each other.

I honestly found it really hard to like Bean.
Also, the book was written in first person plural which felt kind of confusing at time.

I appreciate a book written about people who love books, but I didn't get totally into this one. ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
Las continuas citas a Shakespeare hacen pensar que sin duda éste libro está pensado para disfrutarse en inglés, pero el contexto es perfectamente comprensible y disfrutable, incluso sin ser conocedor de las obras del autor inglés a las que se hacen referencia.
Si bien las hermanas, con sus más y sus menos, y la madre, son personajes bellamente construidos, el padre da la sensación de estar eternamente despistado y en su propio mundo, aunque se le excusa porque ‘siempre ha sido así’, pero es el personaje con el que menos he empatizado.
Reseña completa en http://www.cafedetinta.com/2016/12/resena-una-casa-llena-de-palabras-de.html ( )
  Carla_Plumed | Dec 3, 2018 |
Yet another DNF. Made it to page 150 but found myself skipping lines, then paras, then pages .... Nothing much really happens and the constant quoting of Shakespeare was dull and pretentious - the dad literally ONLY spoke in Shakespeare quotes?!?!
  AHouseOfBooks | Nov 4, 2018 |
This is my book club's selection for April. It's not something I would have chosen myself. The reviews leave me a bit dubious. We'll see.....

Finished the book. Not the best or the worst. The story and characters were kinda like watching a train wreck...unable to look away even as I'm cringing. The sisters were predictable, lacking that spark of surprise that would increase depth. The ending was too Hallmark card sweet for my taste. However, it was a fast read and I enjoyed the writing style, which did have flashes of creativity. ( )
  Thebrownbookloft | Jun 29, 2018 |
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"Indeed, The Weird Sisters is a book worth celebrating. Because their father is a renowned Shakespearean scholar, the Andreas family communicates largely through the words of the Bard. It is not unusual for them to drop Shakespearean quotes into a conversation about, say, wedding rings or what to eat for breakfast."
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There are times when the sisters are exasperated by the burden imposed on them. “Sometimes we had the overwhelming urge to grab our father by the shoulders and shake him until the meaning of his obtuse quotations fell from his mouth like loosened teeth,” they say. Readers may sometimes feel similarly about Ms. Brown but more often appreciate the good sense and good humor that keep her story buoyant. She does have storytelling talent. Or, to quote one of the Weird Sisters quoting you-know-who: “This is a gift that I have; simple, simple.”
Eleanor Brown's likable debut novel is the story of three grown sisters who return home when their mother falls ill.....The first third of the book moves slowly, with too much explanation of who the sisters are, and too much insistence on how different each is from the other, and a sort of bulky setting-up of their rather implausible situations, and -- enough, already! Get the story moving! And when it does start moving, it is a delight.

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But we only called the fire brigade, and soon the fire engine came and three tall men in helmets brought a hose into the house and Mr. Prothero got out just in time before they turned it on. Nobody could have had a noisier Christmas Eve. And when the firemen turned off the hose and were standing in the wet, smoky room, Jim's Aunt, Miss Prothero, came downstairs and peered in at them. Jim and I waited, very quietly, to hear what she would say to them. She said the right thing, always. She looked at the three tall firemen in their shining helmets, standing among the smoke and cinders and dissolving snowballs, and she said, "Would you like anything to read?" —DYLAN THOMAS, A Child's Christmas In Wales
I dreamt last night of the three weird sisters. —WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Macbeth
TO CHRIS, For springtime, for a rock-and-roll show, forever
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We came home because we were failures.
She never managed to find herself in these books no matter how she tried, exhuming traits from between the pages and donning them for an hour, a day, a week. We think, in some ways, we have all done this our whole lives, searching for the book that will give us the keys to ourselves, let us into a wholly formed personality as though it were a furnished room to let. As though we could walk in and look around and say to the gray-haired landlady behind us, "We'll take it."
We were fairly certain that if anyone made public the various and variegated ways in which being an adult sucked eggs, more people might opt out entirely.
She narrowed her eyes and considered the array of potential answers in front of her. Because I don't spend hours flippping through cable complaining there's nothing on? Because my entire Sunday is not eaten up with pre-game, in-game, and post-game talking heads? Because I do not spend every night drinking overpriced beer and engaging dick-swinging contests with the other financirati? Because when I am waiting in line, at the gym, on the train, eating lunch, I am not complaining about the wait/staring into space/admiring myself in available reflective surfaces? I am reading!
What if the name you were given had already been lived in?
He was not a reader. And that was the sort of nonsense up with which we will not put.
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Unlucky in work, love, and life, the Andreas sisters return to their childhood home. Each has a secret she's unwilling to share — each has come home to lick her own wounds.

The Andreas family is an eccentric one. Books are their passion (There is no problem a library card can't solve), TV something other families watched. Their father — a renowned professor of Shakespeare who communicates almost exclusively in verse — named all three girls for great Shakespearean women — Rose (Rosalind), Bean (Bianca), and Cordy (Cordelia) — as a result, the sisters find that they have a lot to live up to.

With this burden, the Andreas sisters have a difficult time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another.

What can the homebody and shy eldest sister, the fast-living and mysterious middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Why can't Rose leave her hometown for the man she loves? Why has glamorous Bean come home from New York City with her tail between her legs, to the small college town she swore she'd leave as soon as she could? And why has Cordy suddenly resurfaced after years of gypsy living? Each sister has found her life nothing like she had thought it would be — and now, as they are faced with their parents' frailty and their own disappointments and setbacks, their usual quick salve of a book can't solve what ails them.

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Unwillingly brought together to care for their ailing mother, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters discover that everything they have been avoiding may prove more worthwhile than expected.

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