The Weird Sisters (Review)

Book cover for "The Weird Sisters" by Eleanor Brown.Title: The Weird Sisters

Author: Eleanor Brown

Narrator: Kirsten Potter

Publication Year: 2011

Pages: 336 (audio length: 10 hours 25 minutes)

Genre: Fiction

Source: Audiobook version purchased from

From the cover:

“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.

There’s really not a lot I can say about this book without giving too much away. Basically, the Andreas sisters – Rose, Bianca (aka Bean), and Cordelia – all show up at their parents’ home, where they haven’t lived together for a very long time. In fact, Bean has been away in New York for years, Cordy has been drifting for almost as long, and only Rose has really been around much at all. In fact, perhaps too much … she doesn’t seem to know how to leave their hometown and move on to bigger things.

That’s really all I can tell you without getting too deep into the magic that is this story. Honestly, it’s just magic. I come from a fairly dysfunctional family, but nothing like this. There was just something so very beautiful about the way that the characters interacted with each other – tentatively and with barely-hidden hostility at first – and improved their relationships through proximity and mutual need.

At the beginning of the book, I wasn’t so sure that I was going to enjoy The Weird Sisters, but I had definitely changed my mind by the end. It’s just not something that I can explain well in words, but I’ll try: in a nutshell, what I loved most about this book was the intricacy of the story and the intimacy with which the author addressed each character’s thoughts and deeds.

If you come across this book, or if you’re into “women’s fiction” or family sagas, definitely pick it up. You won’t regret it.


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