Wendy's Staff Pick: Everyone is reading The Weird Sisters, an Indie Next pick in paperback. I can’t wait to share it with my girlfriends and my sister. Brown’s debut novel touches on the complex family ties of three sisters, a topic we all can relate to. Tragedy strikes at home, bringing the sisters together to deal with it and each other. Brown writes with humor and skill. References to Shakespeare’s Macbeth add a nice twist. An entertaining novel by a great new storyteller.
Ron's Staff Pick: Other members of our staff picked this book when it first appeared, but I didn’t read it until it came out in paperback. What a delight! Imagine 3 sisters, each 3 years apart, born to an English professor father who is a Shakespeare expert and who speaks almost entirely in the voice of Shakespearian characters. The girls have grown up in a household of books and reading, and words, especially written words, are the family currency. Now the girls are women, each long gone from home, each facing a crisis. One by one they return home, and together must forge new lives. This is a superb piece of writing: clever, witty, funny. I dogeared more pages and underlined more sentences in this book than any I’ve read in years. And ultimately it’s a happy story – perfect for the holiday season.
Indie Next ListFebruary 2011
The sisters in this funny and touching book are not 'weird' in the modern sense of the word; the title refers to the three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth. Headed by a father who was a professor of Shakespeare and his loving wife, the Adreas family was certainly unusual, and the three daughters grew up speaking in couplets, quoting Hamlet, and reading constantly. When their mother develops breast cancer, all three sisters return to their Midwestern home to aid in her care - and end up caring for each other as well. This is a wonderful tribute to literature, the bonds of sisterhood, and the importance of family. -- Ellen Burns, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT
This is the "delightful" (People) New York Times bestseller that's earned raves from Sarah Blake, Helen Simonson, and reviewers everywhere-the story of three sisters who love each other, but just don't happen to like each other very much...
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...
About the Author
Eleanor Brown's writing has been published in anthologies, magazines, and journals. She holds an M.A. in Literature and works in education in South Florida but will be living in the Denver area, Colorado at pub date.
Praise for The Weird Sisters…
--The Boston Globe
"Lovely...This novel should appeal to Shakespeare lovers, bibliophiles, fans of novels in academic settings, and stories of sisterhood. The narration is a creative and original blending of the three 'Weird Sisters' as one."
"Brown writes sweetly of the transition so many adults struggle to make before their parents' eyes, from children to caretakers themselves."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer