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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (Feb. 7 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425244142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425244142
  • ASIN: 0425244148
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.5 x 20.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Irresistible." — 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." — Library Journal

"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

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.


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 14 2011
Format: Hardcover
Eleanor Brown's debut novel The Weird Sisters is an absolute gem. I was hooked from the first few pages. And as I turned the last, I sat quietly and savoured the story in my mind.

Cordelia (Cordy), Bianca (Bean) and Rosaline (Rose) Andreas are three sisters all named after Shakespearean characters by their father, who is a Bard scholar.

"We wear our names heavily. and though we have tried to escape their influence, they have seeped into us, and we find ourselves living their patterns again and again."

An event in each of their lives has each of them heading home again...

"We came home because we were failures. We wouldn't admit that, of course, not at first, not to ourselves, and certainly not to anyone else. We said we came home because our mother was ill, because we needed a break, a momentary pause before setting off for the Next Big Thing. But the truth was, we had failed and rather than let anyone else know, we crafted careful excuses and alibis and wrapped them around ourselves like a cloak to keep out the cold truth."

Each is surprised and not overly happy to find the others there. "See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much."

What follows is an absolutely mesmerizing story of the complicated relationships between sisters, between parents and children and the search each sister undertakes to find herself and her place in family and life.

"Who would Bean be if she dropped her beautiful mask? Who would Cordy be if she stepped up to the plate in her own life? Who would Rose be if she weren't the responsible one anymore?"

Brown's characters fairly leap off the page - I could hear their dialogue and picture their actions so clearly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Samantha TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 14 2012
Format: Paperback
The basic premise of the book is not new: three very different sisters (each named after Shakespearean characters) reunite in their family home when their mother gets ill. The academic father leading the family in an odd conversational habit of quoting Shakespeare lends the family an endearing eccentricity that somehow weaves in and out of the story without being too overbearing. The odd three person narrative style is an interesting device and apt in a way I can't explain. However, I hope that it doesn't invite copycats. While the mother's illness was the glue that kept the sisters together in the same house as adults for the length of the tale, the real story revolves around the personal growth of each sister. They are each cursed with a family role that threatens their well-being. Rose (Rosalind) is the uptight, controlled, "good girl" who keeps her eye on the ball without thinking about what she really wants; Bean (Bianca) is the beauty that believes in the glittering promises of haute couture and perfect hair, and life in New York; Cordy (Cordelia) is the aimless free-spirit that doesn't want to grow up, roaming the roads for years without purpose. There is no suspense here, but there is a pleasant desire to keep turning the pages to see what the sisters are doing, where they are going. I enjoyed it very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Petec on Nov. 4 2011
Format: Paperback
One, two, three sisters and their story ' that Eleanor Brown imagines and has tied up to the story of Macbeth (there, I said it!). I do not have a sister, so I cannot relate in terms of family dynamics and behaviorism, I cannot say if this or that is true. All the way through I felt like something is missing, and I wanted it to end, get it over with.
Don't get me wrong, the book is well written and it dwells on one of my fatal attractions, Shakespeare, as the father of the three is a Professor whose specialty is Shakespeare, and who is beyond passion obsessed with the bard. The three daughters are of course named accordingly: Rosalind, Bianca and Cordelia (Rose, Bean, Cordy). They find themselves reunited under the childhood roof and try to sort out their lives (they're all in some trouble, that's why they are back) under the pretext of helping their mother going through breast cancer treatment. (...)
The 'we' that the narrator uses, allegedly two sisters talking about the third one, is a great idea if you master it to perfection. Here you no longer know who is talking, you understand that when it's about Cordelia the other two are talking, except that sometimes they talk about things that they do not know yet, and since (I agree, it is tiresome and annoying to keep repeating 'we did not know that yet') the sentence is skipped, here and there things can get misleading.
The plot is simple but not to be discarded, the resolving of all evils nice and quietly inserted, in a somehow 'all is well when it ends well 'expected manner, the characters of the sisters are pinned in place, we get three distinct types finely build through past and present, you would like to pick favourites but you cannot as all three have traits that you recognize or admire.(...)
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By Sharon Myck on Oct. 20 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Story was rather predictable. All the characters had some personal issues they were dealing with, and returned to their childhood home in order to do so. For ocus on family and the role our placement in the family and our beliefs we have about ourselves in that context can shape the choices we make in life. An easy read.
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