on January 20, 2011
Narrator: Kirsten Potter
Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home.
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.
I’m not exactly sure why I was so drawn to this book. I saw it quite some time ago and just instantly wanted to read it. It was something about that simple, but gorgeous cover. I just had to find how about these weird sisters. So when I happened upon the audiobook I didn’t hesitant to start it.
The Weird Sisters is about three very complicated and unique sisters. Rose, Bean, and Cordie weren’t always the most likable of characters, but they were each so fascinating. It was easy to understand their motives most of the time. Even if I didn’t agree with them. Their growth throughout the story was pretty remarkable, but I loved that they didn’t turn into this Brandy Bunch happy family by the end of the book. It was much more realistic than that.
My favorite element of The Weird Sisters was definitely the writing and how the story is told. The writing is just plain gorgeous and very lyrical. The story is told from the collective point of view of all three sisters at once. This was just a tiny bit odd for me in the beginning, as I kept trying to figure out which sister was talking. Once I realized it was all three I had no problems and enjoyed it quite a lot. It’s a very unique way to tell a story.
The audiobook is read by Kirsten Potter. This was my first time listening to a book read by her, but she has a very soothing voice that didn’t get in the way of the story. All in all I really liked The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown and looked forward to listening to it everyday. I definitely recommend it if your in the mood for a nice adult literary fiction novel.