Review: The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, January 2011

Disclosure: I bought this book with my own, hard-earned money.

Rose, Bean and Cordy are three sisters that have grown apart.  However, through a series of events all three are reunited back under their childhood roof in Barnwell, Ohio.  In this small college town, where their father is a well-know Shakespeare-loving professor and their mother is at war with breast cancer, the three “Weird Sisters” must reclaim themselves and each other.

There’s Rose, the responsible one, who has stayed in town and is drowning in stagnant waters.  Bean, the determined one, who left to make herself more than this town; but comes home half of who she once was.  And Cordy, the baby and free-spirit, who has floated from one place to another with no one to answer to, returning home weighed down by more responsibility than she can bear.  Combined these sisters are a force to be reckoned with, as they dust off the cobwebs and uncover the bond that ties them all together.

I loved this book.  The sisters were so real to me.  I felt like I laughed with the Weird Sisters, sat on their beds while they cried, and wanted to shake them silly when they made terrible choices.  But no matter what they did, as if they were my family, I couldn’t help but love them.  The humanity in each character was unrivaled by any book that I have read thus far.  And while it is true that while all of the sisters had some serious flaws in their character, the goodness of their souls was undeniable.  And isn’t that what we all want in a story: characters with heart, characters that we can feel?

The story is believable.  The characters have heart.  Eleanor Brown writes the pants off of this tale.  Her meticulous thought towards each Weird Sisters’ character development was amazing.  I look forward to reading more of Eleanor Brown’s work in the future.  Now get thee to a local bookstore and buy this book!

Take care,



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