The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Andreas sisters were raised on books – their family motto might as well be, ‘There’s no problem a library card can’t solve.’ (this line alone made me want to read this one!)
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 three sisters have returned home to the small college town in Barnwell Ohio where they grew up – under the guise on their mothers battle with cancer… but also because their lives are a mess that even Shakespeare would be stumped over. .
Rose, a staid mathematics professor, has the chance to break away from her quiet life and join her devoted fiance in England, if she could only summon up the courage to do more than she’s thought she could. Bean left home as soon as she could, running to the glamour of New York City, only to come back ashamed of the person she has become. And Cordy, who has been wandering the country for years, has been brought back to earth with a resounding thud, realizing it’s finally time for her to grow up.
The sisters never thought they would find the answers to their problems in each other, but over the course of one long summer, they find that everything they’ve been running from – each other, their histories, and their small hometown – might offer more than they ever expected.
Weird Sisters. I love the title. It makes me think of witches or women with magical powers. I have no idea why.
I had seen a lot about this book in past months, gloriously showing up on blog after blog making me curious about it. When it showed up on audible.com for 4.95 I pulled the trigger (or the credit card) and bought the book.
You get the gist of the story in the synopsis. Yet for some reason I connected with none of the characters. It basically went on and on about the sisters, their lives, the mom (who is ill) and the dad who oddly quotes Shakespeare at random times in the book and me, not knowing much Shakespeare (ok… knowing ANY Shakespeare at all) is left scratching my head and thinking, “wha…?”
I could not put my finger on what I was not finding appealing about the book until the very end. Seriously I was starting to think I was ruined for books forever as I recently had a similar experience with Carry The One (which is also about family living through tragedy… or something…). Neither book (IMO) have a strong plot.
What do you mean Sheila? Of course there is a plot!
Yes, both books do have a plot…. but it is one that the cards are shown in the early pages of the book and then…. nothing, nothing really big happens… like nothing carries the story. I am hoping this makes sense but in Weird Sisters (and in Carry the One for that matter) the books are just about every day family life, what they are doing, eating, saying,…. day to day life. I am basically, as the reader, along for the ride.
I have given a lot of thought to this as now in just a matter of two weeks I have stumbled on to this twice in my reading. I guess, and maybe its just me… but I like more plot, more happenings, more emotion….
and I just did not feel it.
Does the book have its moments?
I think so, but here is the clincher. Usually in a book or audio as I am going along, I pick up on something I love about the book or something that made me want to know more and I can not wait to chat with you all about that in the review…. Yet, today, as I type this… I am clinging to nothing. No point of the book is standing out to me, and that right there is why I leave this book (audio) with no connections.
I purchased this audio book on audible.com