Friday, August 30, 2013

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

My 2 cents:

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld is worth a second look. Narrated by Daisy, a 30-something former social-worker, stay-at-home mom who is married to Jeremy, a loving husband and professor of geophysics. Daisy and Jeremy live in St. Louis, Missouri near the giant arch and are parents to Rosie, 3, and Owen, 1. Daisy is also an identical twin. Her sister, Violet, is a psychic/medium who often talks to her spiritual guide, Guardian, is perpetually short of cash, and generally drives her twin crazy on a regular basis. Daisy also has “senses,” but works hard to shake them off, and be a “normal” wife and mother.

Things get shaky when Violet publicly predicts a major earthquake for the St. Louis area and names a date for the event, October 16. Something earthshattering does happen on the 16th, but it's not the earthquake Vi and Daisy expected.

Sittenfeld's novel, both dark and enlightening, is also funny and sweet in places. Some of the best dialogue comes unexpectedly from Daisy's daughter, Rosie.

Length: 397 pages

Worth Your Time? Yes. Curtis Sittenfeld is also the NY Times bestselling author of Prep and American Wife.

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