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Eleanor Brown
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12 April 2012

‘I CAPTURE THE CASTLE meets THE VIRGIN SUICIDES. An eccentric and totally irresistible read’

Rosalind. Bianca. Cordelia. The Weird Sisters.

Rose always first, Bean never first, Cordy always last. The history of our trinity is fractious – a constantly shifting dividing line, never equal, never equitable. Two against one, or three opposed, but never all together.

Our estrangement is not drama-laden – we have not betrayed one another’s trust, we have not stolen lovers or fought over money or property or any of the things that irreparably break families apart. The answer, for us, is much simpler.

See, we love each other. We just don’t happen to like each other very much.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007393717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007393718
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eleanor Brown has lived in many places, including San Francisco, Philadelphia, England, and South Florida. She has had many jobs, including wedding coordinator, freelance writer, executive assistant and teacher. The Weird Sisters is her first novel.

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‘Even if you don't have a sister, you may feel like you have one after reading this hilarious and utterly winsome novel.’
Sarah Blake, best-selling author of The Postmistress

‘Three sisters, as different in temperament as King Lear’s daughters, each return to their parental home, harbouring secrets … A funny and insightful mirror to reality’
Easy Living

‘What a joy to read. What a VOICE. The Weird Sisters is family drama dissected by verbal scalpel. If wit and language could protect against growing old, these bewitching sisters might never have to grow up.’
Helen Simonson, best-selling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

About the Author

A New York Times bestseller in both hardback and paperback, The Weird Sisters is Eleanor Brown’s debut novel.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing 'weird' about this! 2 Aug 2011
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"We became home because we were failures," begins The Weird Sisters and that quote only really made sense to me once I'd completed the book, but it's a wonderful quote even before I knew what it meant. I liked how the Prologue set the novel up. It's only short, maybe a page and a half but it sets the story up. We learn about the girls' dad, who is a Shakespeare professor and we learn their mother is ill, which leads to them all coming home. We see where the girls are currently living; Cordy is travelling, Bean is in New York and Rose is living with her fiance Jonathan as they prepare for the journey back to Barney, back to where they grew up. Rose is a homebody, so coming home for her isn't an issue, in fact it's what she lives for whereas the opposite is true for Cordy and Bean. They hate being in such a small town.

What makes The Weird Sisters unique (to me, at least; I'm sure there are many novels that feature William Shakespeare but this is the first I've read) is the Shakespeare factor. The Andreas family are voracious readers and their dad is a Shakespeare professor, so it rather goes without saying that the girls lives are very much soaked into Shakespeare. They're named after Shakespeare's characters: Cordelia, Rosalind, Bianca. The title of the novel comes from Shakespeare and the girls and their dad consistently quote sentences written by the bard himself. Now comes the difficult part. For me. My knowledge of Shakespeare is shaky. I know he wrote Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet amongst others. I know he's revered. But I've never read a piece of Shakespeare's work so I truly thought the amount of Shakespeare in the novel would put me off, but it didn't.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Weird as I had hoped for 22 Sep 2011
I bought this book after reading several positive reviews and was really looking forward to getting stuck in. However, after reading it over several evenings (it is a short easy read) I was quite underwhelmed. I felt the sisters were very cliched- the sensible one, the promiscious one, the dreamer, and so was their journey- I knew from the beginning what would happen to them as they are such familiar fictitious characters. To me it was pretty much run-of-the-mill chick-lit. I think if it wasn't for the Shakespeare element (which was a nice touch but not a major element of the story) this book would have gone by fairly unnoticed.

I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it- it is beautifully written and the unusual plural narrative is pleasantly odd. It is a nice book to curl up with and enjoy but is unfortunately quite forgettable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful 26 Aug 2011
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Meet the Andreas sisters: Rose (Rosalind), the eldest, who is sensible, practical and in charge of everyone and everything. Bean (Bianca), the glamorous middle one, who left their dull childhood home as fast as was possible and escaped to the bright lights of New York. And Cordy (Cordelia), the youngest: cute, guileless and laidback who has never really grown up.
The sisters have gone their separate ways and drifted apart since childhood, but their mother's illness draws them all back together, and they find themselves living under the same roof alongside one another for the first time in years. With each sister nursing a secret worry that she fears will make her appear vulnerable in front of the other two, it is an awkward, tense time - but maybe the sisters have more in common than at first they thought?
I enjoyed this novel very much. The characters of the sisters are distinct and thoughtfully drawn, and I found myself caring about their individual predicaments. The telling of their stories is beautifully done too, in a 'plural' rather than singular voice, so that they tell the tale in unison, with a 'we' voice rather than 'I'. It's not a perfect book - the epilogue felt disappointingly rushed (the ending of the mother's story felt particularly glossed over) and the constant quoting of Shakespeare got on my nerves very quickly - but overall, the novel felt fresh, quirky and it kept me engaged.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying Sisters 26 Aug 2013
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Circumstances in their personal lives lead the three Andreas sisters back to their family home. Middle sister Bianca (Bean) begrudgingly returns after being fired from her job for stealing, and the baby of the family Cordelia (Cordy) is pregnant after years following bands on the road. Sensible eldest sibling Rosalind (Rose) has never strayed far from her home town of Barnwell, Ohio, but her fiancé Jonathan has accepted a sabbatical in England and this puts a strain on the couple's relationship.

Even though they all have their own reasons for coming back to Barney, they like to keep the real reasons under wraps, and instead they each express outwardly that the reason they need to be there is to look after their mother who is being treated for breast cancer. However, despite their obvious differences, the 'Weird Sisters,' are a lot more alike than they think; unwilling to face their own insecurities, all three believing that the other two sisters are happier, more successful and more loved by their parents.

There are several reasons why this book warrants such as low star rating. Firstly, the girls' father is obsessed with Shakespeare and this is a common theme throughout the book as the characters speak to each other in dialogue from his works, which is extremely irritating. Secondly, the sisters are all very self-absorbed caricatures and as such it is hard to feel a connection to any of them for the most part of the book. Finally, and most importantly, the book is pretty slow paced and nothing very much happens, which wouldn't be a problem in itself. However, it is blatantly obvious what the outcome of each of the Andreas sisters' stories will be from the outset and thus it is difficult to want to read a book when you already know exactly what is going to happen. Unfortunately I cannot recommend this book and cannot see the comparisons to 'The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,' and 'The Virgin Suicides,' which are mentioned on the cover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but nearly wonderful.
If you like contemporary American fiction you'll probably enjoy this novel. It's quirky, fluent and as long as you're not expecting to read the 'Great American' novel it's well... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jay1
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I'm pretty ambivelent about this book. Since reading a blurb on it I thought it would be right up my street and in the first few pages I thought I would love it, after all, it was... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
When I first bought this book, for whatever reason, I really believed there was an aspect of fantasy involved. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving this.
I haven't finished this book yet, I bought it by accident and I didn't know what to expect when I started it. But it has me absolutely hooked. Read more
Published 21 months ago by SamW
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
"We came home because we were failures" - the initial hook got me. I am very much aware that, that was it's purpose however I am not one who usually falls for such transparent... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kitty24
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, Dull, Dull!!
I don't useally write reviews, and certainly not negative ones.

But I felt compelled to with this book. I selected it because the cover advises that it is no. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ben
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not an outstanding read
Whist certainly an acceptable enough read, this did not capture my imagination. The three sisters, all extremely different to each other, were described and constructed well, but... Read more
Published on 6 April 2012 by james-Arundel
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and engaging tale
The first thing that struck me on starting to read this novel is the unusual narration. The story centres around three sisters and the narrative voice is an omniscient 'we'. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by daisyrock
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!
I hesitated over buying this book purely because of the price - I am so glad I overcame myself - this is a truly outstanding journey through literary excellence. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I was so excited when I saw this available on Vine because I'd heard great things about it. For a debut it's very accomplished, the relationship between the sisters is realistic,... Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by Kay
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