The Andreas sisters were raised on books – their family motto might as well be, ‘There’s no problem a library card can’t solve.’ Their father, a renowned, eccentric professor of Shakespearean studies, named them after three of the Bard’s most famous characters: Rose (Rosalind – As You Like It), Bean (Bianca – The Taming of the Shrew), and Cordy (Cordelia – King Lear), but they have inherited those characters’ failures along with their strengths. Now the sisters have returned home to the small college town where they grew up – partly because their mother is ill, but mostly because their lives are falling apart and they don’t know where to go next.
The fox, the ape and the bumble-bee, Were still at odds, being but three.
Our father once wrote an essay on the importance of the number three in Shakespeare's work. A little bit of nothing, he said, a bagatelle, but it was always our favorite. The Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. The Billy Goats Gruff, the Three Blind Mice, Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), King Lear-Goneril, Regan, Cordelia. The Merchant of Venice-Portia, Nerissa, Jessica.
And us--Rosalind, Bianca, Cordelia.
The Weird Sisters. [p.24] *
....Normally, Shakespeare and I don't mix, but I have to say that the references to Shakespeare were easy for me to understand and after my first few encounters with snippets from his work, I relaxed and allowed myself to ease into the story. I really enjoyed the way the author weaved the love of books and reading into her story. For those of us that are confirmed bibliophiles this book has the ability to tug at your heart strings. This was a family that I could live with..easily!!! Just the fact that books were left around the house in various stages of reading reminded me so much of myself. I have books everywhere with all sorts of things marking my spots!! I loved the family dynamics and the quiet reassurance and steady love of the girls' mother. Even though she's battling cancer, she is the strength and the backbone of this family. I found myself very engaged with the dynamics of the sister's relationship and how each one judged themselves by what the other two sisters thought of them. At times I wasn't overly fond of one of the sister's but I felt she redeemed herself by the end of the book. In the end, this book made me appreciate my small town roots and how sometimes change is good. It also confirmed the fact that my parents should have tried one more time so that I could have had a sister!! The best aspect of this book is the relationship between Rosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia. She captured that love-hate relationship that so many sisters have...beautifully!
Recommend? Yes...this is a worthwhile read that left me satisfied as I turned the last page. I think the author has a gift for language. Her story was vivid and captured my attention immediately and left me with great affection for her characters.
About Eleanor BrownBorn and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Eleanor has lived in St. Paul, San Francisco, Philadelphia, South Florida, and Oxford, London, and Brighton, England. She works in educational technology and lives in Colorado with her partner, writer and new media superstar, J.C. Hutchins.
Eleanor’s writing has appeared in anthologies, journals, magazines, and newspapers. The Weird Sisters, her first novel, will be published by Amy Einhorn Books on January 20, 2011.
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Disclaimer:Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel
Published: January 20, 2011Publisher: Amy Einhorn BooksPages: 318Genre: Contemporary FictionISBN: 9780399157226*uncorrected ARC was provided © 2011, Staci of Life in the Thumb. All Rights Reserved. If you reading this on a site other than, Life in the Thumb or Staci's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.