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On My Nightstand: ‘The Weird Sisters’ proves blood thicker than water

 the weird sisters by Eleanor Brown

the weird sisters by Eleanor Brown

In case you missed ‘The Weird Sisters’, published in 2011, now is the time to look it up. You won’t be disappointed as you enjoy family dynamics in a very different setting; a small Midwestern college with a family that fits all the characteristics of the scholastic world and then some, with a few eccentric twists.

It explores the concept of three not-so-typical sisters. Cordelia, the baby, was a daddy’s girl. Bianca, the middle child, was always in trouble and Rosaline, the oldest, was the takeover, controlling force. The book explores how these three try to fit in the eccentric family they were born into. Their names hint at the possible differences the family portrays. The father is an English professor who is obsessed with Shakespeare and finds his girl’s names in Shakespeare’s prose.

The entire family are ardent readers and don’t have any, yes I said any, electronics in their home. The author, Eleanor Brown, somehow tells this intricate tale to have you entranced with the daughter’s adverse personalities. I came away believing the girls definitely loved each other but would never have been friends under other circumstances. While reading this colorful portrait of life in a small college town, you can’t help but come away with your favorite and not-so-favorite sister. How they could possibly become each other’s friends would be proof that blood is definitely thicker than water.

Ruth Castonguay


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