The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

71%

24 Critic Reviews

Readers may... appreciate the good sense and good humor that keep her story buoyant. She does have storytelling talent.
-NY Times

Synopsis

This is the "delightful" (People) New York Times bestseller that's earned raves from Sarah Blake, Helen Simonson, and reviewers everywhere-the story of three sisters who love each other, but just don't happen to like each other very much...

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can't solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard's heroines. It's a lot to live up to.

The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them...


 

About Eleanor Brown

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Eleanor Brown's writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, and journals. She holds an M.A. in Literature and works in education in South Florida but will be living in the Denver area, Colorado at pub date.
 
Published January 20, 2011 by Berkley. 371 pages
Genres: Romance, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Peak Rank on Mar 13 2011
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All: 24 | Positive: 18 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 14 2010

The story itself is a lengthy account of the women facing their demons, assisted by saintly parents, friends and neighbors who offer jobs, reassurance and romance. All’s well that ends well. Readable, upmarket, non-mold-breaking escapism.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Tom De Haven on Apr 22 2011

their world is one you can never entirely believe in. You can live inside it comfortably, listening and watching, with your attention never wandering — but with your eyes sometimes, unpreventably, ­rolling.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Jan 16 2011

Readers may... appreciate the good sense and good humor that keep her story buoyant. She does have storytelling talent.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Ron Charles on Feb 16 2011

Brown is such a clever writer, and she's written such an endearing story about sisterly affection and the possibilities of redemption, that it's easy to recommend "The Weird Sisters."

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Denver Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Robin Vidimos on Feb 27 2011

The novel is buoyed by the use of Shakespearean quotes, though it is that rare work that isn't modeled on one of his plots but, rather, picks and chooses passages to fit a particular scene.

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The Miami Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Connie Ogle

delightful debut novel... She draws you in and makes you believe her weird sisters aren’t so weird after all.

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Girl's Guide to the Galaxy

Excellent
Reviewed by Melody Meiners on Feb 09 2012

like any piece of art... it reflected back at me my relationships in a way that made them more clear and valuable to me. Though be you a sister of three or a sister of one, I recommend reading The Weird Sisters and sharing it with them.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Luxury Reading on Feb 03 2011

The Weird Sisters was realistic in the portrayal of the sisters as they relate to each other and their parents. However, we would have preferred a less predictable story line with the script flipped.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Jan 20 2011

I absolutely loved The Weird Sisters for so many reasons - the great writing, the sheer intelligence of the book, the true portrayal of what it means to be a sister... a must-read that I can’t recommend highly enough.

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Jenn's Bookshelves

Good
Reviewed by Jenn on Jan 19 2011

Even if you don’t have a sister, if you are a single child, I guarantee you will learn something from this stunning debut. I have…and I plan on sharing the book with both of my weird sisters!

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The Romance Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Susan Scribner

while I came away impressed by the author’s cleverness, I didn’t feel a strong emotional connection to the story or its characters.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Feb 07 2012

Whether you choose your books based on plot, writing or both, Brown's moving, beautifully written novel of family and identity is sure to satisfy

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Beth Fish Reads

Good
Reviewed by Beth Fish on Jan 10 2011

she has beautifully captured sibling relationships... an authentic picture of the...years of young adulthood...[with] perfectly placed quotations from Shakespeare

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Write Meg

Good
Reviewed by Megan on Feb 16 2011

Lovers of literary fiction, family dynamics and novels about sisters shouldn’t miss this one — a worthy and very readable story about love, connection and forging new identities.

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A Bookish Affair

Good
Reviewed by Meg on Mar 01 2012

I was definitely glad that I finally read this book... Eleanor Brown is definitely an author that I'll be on the look out for!

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At Home With Books

Good
Reviewed by Alyce on Feb 03 2012

What’s not to like about The Weird Sisters? A book that had to have been written with bibliophiles in mind, it is filled with unusual characters and Shakespeare quotes aplenty.

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The Literary Life of the Well-Read Wife

Good
Reviewed by Mandy B on Feb 13 2012

a novel bibliophiles everywhere will enjoy... It is a wonderfully well-crafted novel!

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Opinionless

Below average
Reviewed by Aaron on May 20 2012

there is no tension or sense of urgency to Brown’s writing. Boring things happen. Then even more boring things happen. Then finally every single plot thread... gets resolved in the one of the most laughable epilogues ever put to paper.

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Book Finds

Good
Dec 26 2010

The luscious prose of this debut novel combined with a compelling plot and emotionally authentic characters results in one of the best books I have read all year and one I found myself savoring until the final page

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Kat Loves Books Blog

Good
Reviewed by Kat Salazar on Mar 27 2012

I couldn't put it down... The Weird Sisters is a beautifully crafted story.

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My Life, Such as it is... Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Elizabeth on Feb 09 2012

Sadly, I just could not get into the book until towards the end. I had to make myself continue reading. It wasn’t the first person plural voice that bugged me.

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Daily Cup of Jo Blog

Below average
Reviewed by JoAnn Egan Neil on Feb 09 2012

Brown, who offers a well-constructed story, told with amusing and mostly authentic dialogue, in a point-of-view that should be deemed illegal... Eleanor, you’re a good writer but don’t ever, ever use first-person-plural again.

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Living Outside the Stacks Blog

Good
Reviewed by Daenel J. on Feb 09 2012

This book would make a great read book club read, there are so many themes to explore

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Book Bliss

Good
Reviewed by Louise on Nov 03 2011

a fun but clever novel which I found to be very entertaining.

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