The Weird Sisters
Feb 8, 2012
Author: Eleanor Brown
Publisher: Berkeley Trade Paperback
Publication Date: February 7, 2012
What the Publisher Says:
In THE WEIRD SISTERS, Brown brings to life the dynamic Andreas family. The patriarch of the family is a zealous Shakespeare professor who communicates primarily in verse and named all three girls for great Shakespearean women—Rose (Rosalind), Bean (Bianca), and Cordy (Cordelia); as a result, the girls find that they have a lot to live up to. A love of books and knowledge of Shakespearean couplets might be the only thing these sisters have in common and when they each return to their childhood home—supposedly to care for their sick mother, but in truth to escape their own personal disasters—they are horrified to find the others there. Over the course of one tumultuous summer, the sisters’ buried secrets begin to surface. Smart and sharp-witted, THE WEIRD SISTERS examines the meaning of adulthood, and the often circuitous path to getting there. With the Andreas’, Eleanor Brown has created a family that is warring, loving, messy, and unmistakably human.
What Idgie Says:
I consider this a Coming of Age of story. Yes, the three sisters are all adults, but they have yet to grow up. Each one is incredibly needy and immature in their actions. Rose breaks up with a wonderful man because he's offered a job elsewhere and she won't move away from her parents. Bean gets caught embezzling money out of her company and is sent home in disgrace. Cordy finds herself pregnant after a one week fling but assumes her parents will "fix" it for her somehow.
This is the story of them battling themselves to overcome their own insecurities and immaturity to center on someone else as a group - mainly their mother, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Not a happy book, and you frequently want to slap one or the other of the girls, but it you enjoy "the emotional journey" type of book, this is a well written one that will keep you engrossed.
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