Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown

Brown employs a conceit that drives me mad:  she only refers to her characters in the first person plural or the third person. "We" can refer to a constantly changing combination of three sisters.  The three sisters are kind of pathetic, occasionally witty, and generally unsympathetic.  Rose (Rosalind), the good daughter, who sacrifices all to be needed; Bean (Bianca), the embezzling HR director (Love That), and Cordy (Cordelia), the baby, pregnant from one of many one night stands.  They all converge on their parents' house one summer, while their mother deals with breast cancer surgery and treatments, and their professor father quotes Shakespeare.  Lots of family stories from the girls' childhoods.  Not precisely plot driven.

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