A Novel

eBook - 2013
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Curtis Sittenfeld, -- Sisterland -- Sisterland -- "Sisterland "The power of (Sittenfeld's) writing and the force of her vision challenge the notion that great fiction must be hard to read. She is a master of dramatic irony, "Wise and often wickedly entertaining From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013
ISBN: 9780812994407
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jul 03, 2017

I really enjoyed this book and the complicated relationship between these twin sisters. The idea that one has more psychic abilities than the other was an interesting twist. Having a sister, I can relate the protagonist, who feels at times constrained by her sister and yet unable to not be near her or to love her, even when her sister does not make the best of choices. There was a lot to unpack in this book. Good for a book club discussion.

Jun 26, 2015

I don't have to like a protagonist to enjoy a book, though maybe that would have helped.

Jun 09, 2015

Twin sisters who at a young age learn that they have a ‘sense’ of the future. As adults Kate has suppressed any hint of the ability but her sister Violet has become a psychic. When Vi makes a public declaration about an upcoming disaster, Kate is once again brought into the spotlight. The story is about familial loyalty and divides.

Mar 20, 2015

This was my 1st read of Curtis Sittenfeld. I enjoyed her writing style. It just seemed so real & honest, no pretence. She revealed a dry humour throughout. Other people who know this author are disappointed with this particular book, no one rates it very high so I am eager to read others written by her 'cos I liked it well enough. I considered it a goodish read.

Jane60201 Jul 12, 2014

Good but not great. To me an accurate picture of family life of young families today.

Jul 03, 2014

It sounded real interesting but was way too wordy and just way to detail about life. Sometimes those can be ok but not this one. I was sad that the end was not the way it should be but that can happen in real life.

Feb 21, 2014

I am completely baffled by the ending of this story. The first 90% of the book is about twin sisters who are psychic, and how their abilities affect their relationship. This part of the story is excellent and a real page turner. The last 10% of the story, though, is about one of the sister's marriage. It's like the author cut and paste the WRONG ENDING from a different story onto this one. ???????

Jan 21, 2014

I found the characters all extremely annoying. Even the 2 year old Rosie who can only refer to herself in the third person. Kate is a stuck up prude, Vi is a bohemian slob. Supporting characters are equally one dimensional. Ugh.

loonylovesgood Nov 11, 2013

Different from what I was expecting. The plot was good and the book kept me hooked (I read it in one weekend) but the character of Kate really annoyed me. She seemed snobbish and there were a lot of classist things in the book that annoyed me. I liked Vi, though. And the ending was a little disappointing. Still, I would read another by her.

ksoles Oct 14, 2013

Following her extraordinary debut, "Prep" (2005) and two subsequent best sellers comes Curtis Sittenfeld's newest novel, "Sisterland," a rich but somewhat tedious and incredulous portrait of intricate family relationships.

As young girls, identical twins Daisy and Violet Shramm both possessed “the senses.” Daisy eschewed her abilities during her transformation into Kate Tucker, wife to Washington University professor and mother of two whereas Violet becomes a bisexual seer. When Vi goes public with her premonition about an upcoming earthquake, Kate feels mortified despite her inability to ignore her sister's prediction. Skillfully, Sittenfeld highlights the differences between the twins that make their interactions so fraught; the present day narrative interweaves with Kate's memories of childhood and explains why she felt so threatened by her own powers.

At times, scenes from the past do irritatingly interrupt the flow of the compelling main story but the powerful denouement largely makes up for this flaw. Ultimately, Sittenfeld's weakest effort to date still showcases the talents of one of fiction's sharpest, most perceptive writers.

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