I’m a bad book clubber. I have the best of intentions, but it’s hit or miss whether I finish the book on time. Even worse, it’s the second book club that I’ve helped form. As a “founding member”, I should know better. But come on…we all know that book clubs are mostly about the food, wine, friends, and gossip!! I vow to try to be better though!
With that admission out there, it’s no surprise that I just finished May’s book club book.
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Weird Sisters is the story of three sisters: Rose, Bean, and Cordy. They grew up in a Midwestern college town as their father is a Shakespearean professor. For different reasons, the sisters all find themselves living back at home under the same roof. I spent the first few chapters of the book thinking they were in England. I suppose the Shakespearean type threw me. I found it hard to wrap my head around that they were actually in the Midwest after that.
The writing style is different in that each chapter is written from the perspective of a different sister. But the other two sisters can comment about the other sisters. It’s a first-person-plural narrative voice. It sounds a bit confusing, but worked well! Because that’s how family works…everyone has an opinion of what the others are doing or not doing!
Each sister was very different. I found things that I could relate to with each one though. Rose has a sense of responsibility and duty that she brings on herself when it comes to being there for her family. Bean moved away to the Big Apple and was overcome by trying to fit in so much that she made poor financial choices. And Cordy was a bit of a wayward traveler…okay, I guess I didn’t relate much to her!
Overall, I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars.
I’ll leave you with a quote from the book that made me pause and think.
“We all have stories to tell ourselves. We tell ourselves we are too fat, or too ugly, or too old, or too foolish. We tell ourselves these stories because they allow us to excuse our actions, and they allow us to pass off the responsibility for things we have done–maybe to something within our control, but anything other than the decision we have made.”