A Reader Opines: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

The Weird SistersThe Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
ISBN-13: 9780425244142
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Pages: 368
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The novels I’ve read recently have spoiled me. There are so many good books and talented authors out there and as someone on a tight budget can attest, when you purchase one that falls beneath the standard you’ve become accustomed to it’s disappointing on many levels.

Summary: Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can’t solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard’s heroines. It’s a lot to live up to.

The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents’ frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them…

The characters drew me to The Weird Sisters and I had high hopes. Praise had been heaped on it by critics and authors alike. Promising right? The characters are layered and show change throughout the course of the story. Their stories were interesting enough to keep me turning the pages, but truth be told, I didn’t really care how the story ended. I just wanted it to end.

With a Shakespeare professor influencing every aspect of the story it could be considered clever to have the Weird Sisters as a collective narrate with an omniscience. It jarred me out of the story repeatedly. Things would be going along from the point of view of one of the sisters and then suddenly the narrator is saying something like, “She couldn’t have known that at that moment we were hardly thinking of her at all.”

This book isn’t awful. Brown’s writing shows flashes of beauty, prosaic and tender. The collective narrator was to gimmicky for me. I can’t recommend this book, but keep in mind my opinion is just one among many.

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