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Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld


by Curtis Sittenfeld

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    Rise and Shine by Anna Quindlen (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Though the sisters at the heart of these two novels are unwillingly thrust into the national limelight with quite different results for their relationships, both novels offer a compelling, realistic, and insightful look into the complex bonds between sisters.… (more)

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While not a 5 star book in my opinion, this WAS a good book and I would recommend it to others. ( )
  bookwormamp | Jul 26, 2015 |
While not a 5 star book in my opinion, this WAS a good book and I would recommend it to others. ( )
  bookwormamp | Jul 26, 2015 |
Twins often have a psychic connection with each other, but in the case Violet and Kate they have “senses” which reach past being able to feel what the other is feeling. Kate has “given up” her senses in the hope of having a life with her husband and children that does not involve the drama of being psychic. Violet, on the other hand, has embraced her ability and even helped police solve a kidnapping case. Predicting a massive earthquake for St. Louis, Violet is suddenly thrown into the spotlight and, as much as she tries to avoid it, some of the spotlight spills out and onto Kate. When it turns out that Violet may have been wrong in certain aspects of her prediction, although people are relieved, things also begin to get a little ugly.

The book started out with a bang. I was involved with the story, intrigued by the different attitudes the two sisters had about their abilities, enjoying the fact that despite their differences (and arguments) you knew they loved each other. Then somewhere around the two-third’s point, this book took a sudden turn into the realm of a seedy romance novel. It was not a good turn. The original story line began to fade and then practically disappeared all together in favor of the new turn of events. By the time Ms. Sittenfeld brought back a mere mention of it again she had already lost my interest. It seemed to me as if she had two fairly strong story ideas and tried to include them in one book. Personally, she should have kept them separate, fleshed out each one and then given them their own stage.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Did you ever try something different – an unusual combination of ingredients for a dinner, an avant-garde idea for a painting or composition, an unique decorating scheme – and realized when you were done that you not only missed the mark, you didn’t even hit the target at all? Then you are smarter than this author, who missed the target and yet still managed to get this book published. (Maybe she IS smarter than I give her credit for being!) The past, present, and a bit of the future lives of these twin sisters meander all over the pages of this novel. If you combined the twins into one woman, you still wouldn’t have a person with the common sense God gave a goose. At least geese have instincts! It might have been worth reading if this book had an actual plot, if it had believable characters, or if it caused me to care even a wit about what happened to them. It doesn’t, they aren’t, and I don’t. I finished reading it because it was chosen for one of my book clubs. I did my assignment -I read the book. I deserve a gold star – this book deserves a rewrite. ( )
  Maydacat | May 2, 2015 |
Daisy and Violet are identical twins in very few ways. As adults, they don't even look much alike and they certainly lead different types of lives but they still have one thing in common - they can sometimes sense future events. Violet chose to embrace her psychic ability and leads a more flamboyant life than Daisy - experimenting with sexuality, giving up driving, and expressing her opinion no matter how offensive or rude. Daisy denies her ability and chose a more standard "married with children" life with Jeremy. She changes her name to Kate so that no one from high school will recognize her and tries to get along in life without making any waves. Violet's prediction of a major earthquake in St. Louis shakes up both of their lives. Suddenly, Vi is on national TV and Kate can't decide whether Vi is just selfishly seeking attention or truly senses impending disaster.

The majority of the book occurs in Kate's mind, thinking back on her relationship with her sister. But that relationship never much changes. Daisy has always been somewhat embarrassed by Vi, feels superior to her, but doesn't have much self-confidence either. Kate's life is boring but Sittenfeld manages to write in such a way that the reader expects something big to happen. And something finally does, but it's wholly unsatisfying.

Unlikable, uninteresting characters, a meandering plot, and a melancholy and snooty tone - there just isn't much to like in this book. ( )
  bookappeal | Apr 29, 2015 |
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For my aunts,
Ellen Battistelli and Dede Alexander,
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The first earthquake wasn't the strongest—that would come later, in February 1812—but it must have been the most astonishing.
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When the strongest earthquake in U.S. history occurs just north of their St. Louis home, Kate and Jeremy find the disaster further complicated by Kate's self-proclaimed-medium twin's prediction about a more powerful earthquake, a situation that places Kate under public scrutiny and reveals her own psychic abilities.… (more)

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