Title: The Weird Sisters
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books, New York
Publication Date: 2011
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First printing, full number line. Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page: "To D-- / For the love of books and writing! / Best / Eleanor Brown." A Weird Sisters bookmark laid in. The author's debut novel. Book is square and unmarked; corners sharp, spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.95). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 004731
Synopsis: "There is no problem that a library card can't solve."
The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. "See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much".
But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.
A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home.
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
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