Friday, November 18, 2011

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

About the Book


There will only be one or two books that really impact you in ways that shock and surprise you into submission; the book will take you places you never even knew you wanted to go, it will slip you a cookie and a glass of milk in the form of words and leave you sighing softly and the flawless storyline will walk you to your door after a date and pay for dinner.
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 sisters have returned home to the small college town where they grew up - partly because their mother is ill, but mostly because their lives are falling apart and they don't know where to go next.

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.


Published by Harper Collins 

Review

Imagine being able to pull quotes from the greatest author of our time; Shakespeare. Well Eleanor Brown slips you into the very dream we, bookish babblers, only wish we could do only half of!

The three Andrea sisters have returned home to look after their ill mother. 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).

Not only are they named like some of Shakespeare’s great women; they have also taken on their characteristics.  And now they are back in Barnwell to battle the demons of the past. With a family motto “There's no problem a library card can't solve” – how can this story disappoint? 

Rose, the eldest, is a mathematics lecturer  who cannot seem to let go of Barnwell and move to England with her fiancĂ©. Bean, the elegant and beautiful middle sister, arrives back home from New York in a whirl of mystery and a secret that is starting to catch up?  What happened in New York that sent Bean running? And Cordy, the baby, is back from years of roaming the country – nomad style, with a secret that will shatter her life…

Have you ever sat back while reading a book and whispered: ‘I can only wish to write a book like this one day!’  There will only be one or two books that really impact you in ways that shock and surprise you into submission; the book will take you places you never even knew you wanted to go, it will slip you a cookie and a glass of milk in the form of words and leave you sighing softly and the flawless storyline will walk you to your door after a date and pay for dinner.


- Review by Kelly Ansara


About the Author

Eleanor Brown is the New York Times and national-bestselling author of The Weird Sisters, hailed by People magazine as “a delightful debut” and “creative and original” by Library Journal

Eleanor's writing has appeared in anthologies, journals, magazines, and newspapers. The Weird Sisters, her first novel, hit the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and national Indie best seller lists, and is available now from Amy Einhorn Books in the US, and from multiple international publishers.

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Eleanor has lived in St. Paul, San Francisco, Philadelphia, South Florida, and Oxford, London, and Brighton, England.  She lives in Colorado with her partner, writer and transmedia superstar, J.C. Hutchins.



Happy Reading!


4 comments:

Shelagh said...

This sounds like a fun and intelligent read Kelly. I'll have to keep an eye out for a copy.

I usually steer away from contemporary novels, but there are more and more that seem to have more 'weight' to their plots, like this one and The Language of Flowers. Time to step out of my comfort zone I guess.

Shelagh
The Word Fiend

Kelly Ansara said...

Hey Shelagh, it is. It is like milk and cookies for readers. I loved it! Give it a go, would love to hear your thoughts!

Portugal said...

I enjoyed reading this more of a "slice of life" rather than an escapism. The Story is interesting ans well told. I like the fact that the author never quite lets you know for sure which of the sisters is talking. At times it may seem obvious but when you think about it could be any if not all three simultaneously.

More on Alaska Fishing Lodge said...

I just finished this a week or so ago and absolutely loved it. Your review was perfect!

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