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The Weird Sisters

Eleanor Brown: The Weird Sisters

  • Eleanor Brown
  • Fiction
  • Out now
  • English English
  • 135 EGP
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Eleanor Brown: The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters follows the story of
Rose, Bean and Cordy; the three Andreas sisters who return to their parents’
home in the sleepy little town of Barnwell after their mother has been
diagnosed with cancer; each with emotional baggage.  

father, an eccentric Shakespearean college professor, has raised the three
girls to be avid readers. Named after Shakespearean heroines- Rosalind, Bianca
and Cordelia, each of the sisters bears a resemblance to her namesake. The
family rarely has a conversation without quoting Shakespeare.

Rose, the
eldest sister, has been tied down to Barnwell her entire life. Engaged to be
married, her fiancé wants her to join him in England. Always the perfectionist
who takes care of the family, she slowly comes to understand that her family
can survive without her and that it’s safe to be away from home.

Bean, the
middle sister, leaves New York’s glitz and glamour and returns home after she has
been fired for embezzlement. Remorseful, broke and in debt, she learns that there
is more to life than haute couture and expensive shoes.

Cordy, the youngest sister, is the wanderer who comes home with an unplanned
pregnancy and a very vague idea of who the father is.

The Weird Sisters tells the story of
three sisters who insist that they are very different from one another, but
are, in fact, more similar than they would like to admit. It authentically captures the relationship
between sisters, as one laden with differences, disagreements and arguments,
but with love at heart. The author’s writing draws you in and makes you feel as
much a part of the family as any of the sisters.

It is also explained early in the novel that weird means an entirely different thing. Four centuries ago, it meant fate.
And that is the meaning the author had intended.

The novel is
narrated from the first-person perspective of the three sisters. This might be
a bit difficult to get used to at first, but ends up instilling an image of
unity among the sisters. It feels like no particular character is telling the
story; rather the bond between the sisters itself is the one doing the talking.

As the
sisters learn more about themselves and rediscover the world around them, the
reader can’t help but relate to them. The characters feel very real, which may be
due to the author’s vivid writing and lively descriptions.

The ending
is a bit too perfect. Everything works out just right for the sisters, which
might leave the reader with a smile, but diminishes the realism of the story.

The Weird
is a truly enjoyable read. It’s the kind of novel that you might wish
you hadn’t read just so that you can read it again for the first time.

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Author Bio

Eleanor Brown was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and currently lives in Colorado. The Weird Sisters is Brown's debut novel. The novel hit the New York Times Top ten best-seller list.

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