Name of Book: The Weird Sisters
By: Eleanor Brown
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Copyright Date: 2011
Number of Pages: 280 (Nook Edition)
Format: Adult Fiction
Reason for Reading: I liked the title + positive advance reviews
The first letter was from Rose: precise pen on thick vellum. From Romeo and Juliet; Cordy knew it at once. We met, we woo’d and made exchange of vow, I’ll tell thee as we pass; but this I pray, That thou consent to marry us to-day.
And now you will understand this was our oldest sister’s way of telling us that she was getting married.
The second was from our father. . . .
Come, let us go; and pray to all the gods/For our beloved mother in her pains. And this is how Cordy knew our mother had cancer. This is how she knew we had to come home.
The sisters three are Rosalind (Rose), Bianca (Bean), and Cordelia (Cordy). They have all chosen very different paths in life, and they don’t particularly like each other, but because of their mother’s cancer as well as the secrets they’re carrying, they have all chosen to come home.
What I liked: I have been known, on occasion, to insert random quotations from Shakespeare or Chaucer into conversation, so this family who communicates their most important thoughts and feelings through quotations appeals to me. It’s hard for me to grok sisterly relationships like these, since my sister is my best friend and always has been. However, as they learn to face themselves and learn to face the cold, hard realities of the world, they grow closer together and closer to their true selves.
What I did not like: If you’re going to have a book about a family who quote Shakespeare with ease, please, please, please, quote him correctly. The one that set my teeth on edge was, “Methinks the lady doth protest too much.” If you re-read Hamlet, you will see that it is actually, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks” (Hamlet 3:2) . Yes, I’m pedantic, but I’m not alone in this. I also felt that some of the solutions to the issues were a little pat; for example, Bean’s making up much of the money she needs by selling her clothes and shoes to a consignment shop. These are fairly minor quibbles, I will admit.
All in all, it’s a good book, and I would recommend it.