Book Review: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Title: The Weird Sisters
Author: Eleanor Brown
Genre: Contemporary fiction, literary fiction
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Source: ARC passed on to me by the gracious Vasilly
First line: We came home because we were failures.

Rose (Rosalind), Bean (Bianca), and Cordy (Cordelia) are the daughters of a renowned professor and lover of all things Shakespeare. They grew up in a college town, in a home where books were revered above all things, and where communication consisted of trading passages from the Bard. As adults, they couldn’t be more different from each other. When they all return to the family home in Barnwell, Ohio, to help care for their cancer-stricken mother, they are harboring secrets for their true reasons for returning. Rose isn’t sure she ever really left home, and doesn’t know if she has the courage to abandon comfortable roles and expectations. Bean has fled New York City – the place she once fled to – in disgrace, and needs to learn just who she is, who she wants to be. Cordy, home after flitting from one place to another for years, must discover that sometimes having roots is a good thing. And most of all, they will have to learn how to love and trust each other, in spite of their prickly past.

The story of The Weird Sisters is told in first person plural – “we.” For the first few pages, I kept trying to figure out which sister was narrating. And then I realized – they all were. This is the story of the sisters, and they tell it. Once I settled in to that understanding, this book came to life. It is such a unique way to tell a story, and it worked perfectly for Rose, Bean, and Cordy.

As I read, I had so many times I thought, “Oh, I’ll mention this in my review!” or “So-and-so (insert name of book blogger here) will LOVE this book!” or, simply, “I ADORE this book.” – followed by a happy sigh. The Shakespeare quotes. The love of books. The beautiful depiction of the choppy relationship that is sisterhood. The books! The gorgeous way Eleanor Brown puts words together. Shakespeare and Shakespeare and more Shakespeare. The descriptions of Cordy baking bread. The way the library is revered as an almost hallowed place. Did I mention the books?

Bottom line:

If you have sisters (I have three) – read this book.

If you love Shakespeare – read this book.

If you love books – read this book.

If you love words – read this book.

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31 Responses to Book Review: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

  1. bermudaonion (Kathy)
    Twitter: bermudaonion
    says:

    I was hoping to have read this one already. It sounds like the perfect book for me.

  2. Dorte H
    Twitter: DorteHJ
    says:

    I have heard about this one before, and I am quite tempted, but the Kindle version costs $ 16 for me so I think Iยดll wait until I can find a used copy at a reasonable price.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Dorte – I hope you can get your hands on a copy soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Elisabeth says:

    I listened to The Weird Sisters on audio, which I enjoyed immensely!

  4. JoAnn
    Twitter: lakesidemusing
    says:

    3 out of 4 from the bottom line – guess I should read this book!

  5. Sandy
    Twitter: youvegottaread
    says:

    I greatly enjoyed the audio of this one. And I loved the “we”. Have you read “The Fates Will Find Their Way”? Same narration and it is awesome. Amy Einhorn for President!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Sandy – I haven’t heard of The Fates Will …. before – but I’m going to see if the library has it.

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  7. Wendy says:

    One of my favorites this year – I agree 100% with your review! I have two sisters…so the sister connection was perfect for me. Loved the writing. Loved it all ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you did as well!

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Wendy – yes – I get so excited when I find a book that makes me feel this way!

  8. bookmagic
    Twitter: bookmagicdeb
    says:

    I really enjoyed this one!

  9. Kailana says:

    I noticed it will be my turn at the library for this soon. I had it out before, but didn’t get around to it..

  10. Mari says:

    This book sounds great. I want to read it!

  11. carol
    Twitter: carolsnotebook
    says:

    This book has been on my list, but I still haven’t picked it up. I really should. I don’t have a sister, but the others fit perfectly.

    • CarrieK
      Twitter: booksandmovies
      says:

      Carol – I definitely don’t think you need to have sisters to love this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Vasilly
    Twitter: Vasilly
    says:

    I’m glad to see that you enjoyed The Weird Sisters. It’s such a good book.

  13. Kathleen says:

    I have 8 sisters. I need to read this book!

  14. Marg
    Twitter: MargReads
    says:

    I feel as though I have been waiting forever for this book to come in from the library! I think I am number 2 on the waiting list so hopefully will get it soon.

  15. stacybuckeye says:

    I love books and Shakespeare. Does it count if I’ve always wanted a sister? This one is already on my wish list ๐Ÿ™‚

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