Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Weird Sisters Hardcover – January 20, 2011
|New from||Used from|
Books with Buzz
"Killers of the Flower Moon" is a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Amazon Best Books of the Month, January 2011: The Weird Sisters in Eleanor Brown's delightful debut could have been weirder, considering their upbringing. Their professor father spoke primarily in Shakespearean verse, and while other kids in the bucolic Midwestern college town of Barnwell checked the TV lineup, the Andreas girls lined up their library books. They buried themselves in books so completely that while they loved each other, they never learned to like each other much. And when adulthood arrived and they pursued separate destinies, each felt out of step with the world. When news of their mother's cancer makes a terribly convenient excuse for attention-hog Bean (Bianca) and Cordy (Cordelia), the “baby” who always got off easy, to boomerang back to Barnwell from New York and New Mexico, respectively, they return bearing the guilt (and consequences) of embezzlement and pregnancy-by-random-painter. They're most terrified of admitting these failures to Rose (Rosalind), the responsible eldest, who stayed in Barnwell to teach Math and cling to her caretaker-martyr role. With lively dialogue and witty collective narration, the sisters' untangling of their identities and relationships feels honest and wise, and the questions they raise about how we carry our childhood roles into our adult lives will resonate with all readers, especially those with their own weird sisters. --Mari Malcolm
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. You don't have to have a sister or be a fan of the Bard to love Brown's bright, literate debut, but it wouldn't hurt. Sisters Rose (Rosalind; As You Like It), Bean (Bianca; The Taming of the Shrew), and Cordy (Cordelia; King Lear)--the book-loving, Shakespeare-quoting, and wonderfully screwed-up spawn of Bard scholar Dr. James Andreas--end up under one roof again in Barnwell, Ohio, the college town where they were raised, to help their breast cancer–stricken mom. The real reasons they've trudged home, however, are far less straightforward: vagabond and youngest sib Cordy is pregnant with nowhere to go; man-eater Bean ran into big trouble in New York for embezzlement, and eldest sister Rose can't venture beyond the "mental circle with Barnwell at the center of it." For these pains-in-the-soul, the sisters have to learn to trust love--of themselves, of each other--to find their way home again. The supporting cast--removed, erudite dad; ailing mom; a crew of locals; Rose's long-suffering fiancé--is a punchy delight, but the stage clearly belongs to the sisters; Macbeth's witches would be proud of the toil and trouble they stir up. (Jan.)
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Overall, the book is somewhat realistic as far as family matters go, but it felt heavy & depressing throughout with barely any redeeming qualities to make me like it after all. Sorry. Not my favorite...and I've got 3 sisters, a brother, a mother who taught school & a father who was a teacher & worked his way up to school superintendent. We're all weird as hell. Lol. Guess I thought I'd relate & I didn't at all. Would not recommend.
All three sisters gather together in their small college hometown when their mother has a health crisis. Rose is the steady, solid eldest sister; Bean is the chic big-city middle sister, and Cordelia is the flighty baby of the family. Although these seem to be perhaps near-stereotypical roles, Brown writes with such flair as to give each sister some esoteric uniqueness. The story does not fall prey to predictability as each of the sisters faces her biggest fears and has to decide whether she has the courage to tackle them head-on. The narration of the story is unique in that it is done by a composite of all three sisters speaking as one voice.
The weakness of this book is that all of these sisters have issues, as all human beings do, but Brown seems perhaps too eager to focus on the genesis of these problems as they relate to being sisters. What is only mentioned in passing is the role of their parents in developing the traits of each of these women; their father, for example, has a lot to answer for. Instead of probing this more deeply he is portrayed more as a harmless eccentric.
Despite this minor flaw, this is altogether a lovely read, and I recommend it highly.