Sisterland

Sisterland

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR BY
Slate * Daily Candy * St. Louis Post-Dispatch * The Guardian (U.K.)

"Novelists get called master storytellers all the time, but Sittenfeld really is one. . . . What might be most strikingly excellent about Sisterland is the way Sittenfeld depicts domesticity and motherhood."--Maggie Shipstead, The Washington Post
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"Psychologically vivid . . . Sisterland is a testament to [Curtis Sittenfeld's] growing depth and assurance as a writer ."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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"[Sittenfeld's] gifts are in full effect with this novel, and she uses them to create a genuinely engrossing sense of uncertainty and suspense."--Sloane Crosley, NPR's All Things Considered

Curtis Sittenfeld,nbsp;author of American Wife and Prep, returns with a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief.
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From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar "senses"--innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people's secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.
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Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she's long tried to deny.
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Funny, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a beautifully written novel of the obligation we have toward others, and the responsibility we take for ourselves. With her deep empathy, keen wisdom, and unerring talent for finding the extraordinary moments in our everyday lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is one of the most exceptional voices in literary fiction today.

Praise for Sisterland
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"What's most captivating about Sisterland is the intimate, intense portrayal of identical twin sisters. . . . [The novel] unfolds like a good prophecy--inevitable and shocking." --San Francisco Chronicle

"The accomplished Sittenfeld . . . is as skillful as ever at developing an intriguing premise and likable characters. . . . Sittenfeld's affectionate take on sibling rivalry is spot-on ."-- People
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"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, creating fully realized social worlds before laying waste to her heroines' understanding of them. . . . Her prose [is] a rich delight ."-- The Boston Globe
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" Wise and often wickedly entertaining . . . Readers who have siblings--especially women with sisters--will likely come away feeling as if the author really is psychic."-- USA Today
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2013]
ISBN: 9780812994407
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Iamskippi
Sep 16, 2019

Don't give up on Curtis Sittenfeld. 'Sisters' wasn't her best book but it kept me reading. The plot gradually unfolds and engages you, but it takes a long time to get started. I really enjoyed her break-out novel Prep, and her short stories You Think It, I'll Say It.

I could write glowing reviews of Prep-- there are vignettes that stay with you a long time. I'm no great connoisseur, but she ranks up there, for me, with Margaret Laurence and Tracey Chevalier.

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JRR47
Apr 16, 2019

I'm assuming that it is either really easy to make the NYT best seller list or that only her book was written and the field considerably narrowed. The writing, the characters and the plot (which was a real let down) were mediocre at best. The prologue was the only good part of the book. Don't waste your time with this when there is good literature to be read.

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CRAFTLADY
Mar 09, 2019

To pick up at Castle Pines library

shokolit Apr 17, 2018

I loved this book. What I enjoyed the most (other than the fluent, well written story), was that the plot kept surprising me. Curtis Sittenfeld is becoming, from reading one of her books to the next, my favorite author.

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Soundreader
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.

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SLyden
Jun 26, 2015

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

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Wong_Anne
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.

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Blabbermouth
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.

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meggos
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.

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