Weird Sisters

By Eleanor Brown
(HarperCollins, Paperback, 9780007393725)

Publication Date: August 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Compact Disc, Hardcover, Paperback, Hardcover, Paperback, Paperback

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Reading Group List
“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 Andreas 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
Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2011 Indie Next List


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"There is no problem that a library card can't solve."


The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. "See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much."


But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.


A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home.




NPR
Sunday, Feb 6, 2011

Eleanor Brown speaks with Weekend Edition Sunday host Liane Hansen about her new novel, The Weird Sisters, which imagines the lives of three sisters and their obsessive Shakespearean scholar father who prefers iambic pentameter to normal, everyday conversation. More at NPR.org

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  1. The Andreas family is dedicated to books, particularly Shakespeare. Would the family be different if their father were an expert on a different writer? Edgar Allan Poe, let's say, or Mark Twain? What if they were a family of musicians or athletes, rather than readers? How might that change their dynamic? Is there an interest that unites your family in the same way that reading unites the Andreas family?

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