Weird Sisters

Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown was a fun book for me.  First of all, as one of three sisters, it is always interesting to read books or stories with three sisters.  In many ways – although these sisters did not remotely resemble me or my sisters – Brown nailed the dynamic of the sisters.  It was awesome.

The other reason i loved this book is because I love Shakespeare and having a family life that revolves entirely around Shakespeare was tons of fun to read about.  I even loved that each of the sisters had a difficult time living up to their names – Rosalind, first born from As You Like It; Bianca, second born from Taming of the Shrew; Cordelia, third born from King Lear.

This book is mainly a character study, or the study of a family, so there is not much in the way of action.  Much of it is introspection and family dynamic.  As someone who really enjoys characters and watching them grow, I enjoyed the books pace, but I’ve read reviews on Goodreads just trashing this book.  I loved it to pieces, so I found the vitriol against somewhat surprising, but again, I was into this book for the Shakespeare and the sisterly dynamic, so I was just fine with the pacing.

One of the things about this book that took me a little bit of time to figure out was the narration.  The narration came in the form of “we” and “our” and “us” and I was stumped for the first few chapters as to what in the world was going on.  Then I realized that the narration was the chorus, and more than likely the chorus of the Scottish play’s witches, from which the title of the book generates.

There is word play, Shakespeare, sisters, and humor in this book as each sister returns home for various reasons while their mother goes through treatments and an operation for breast cancer.  You’d think that each sister returned home simply to be there for their mother but each of them seem to have mental and emotional issues that they need to work out.  The sisters were not always very likable, and sometimes I wanted to shake them for idiocy.  That said, they each grow and learn throughout the novel so in my mind, growth is good.  It is much better than having static characters like some of the other books I have read.

If you are not into Shakespeare or character studies, then this is not going to be a book you will like.  For me, it was the right book at the right time.

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