Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dispatches From the Field: "I laughed, I cried, I rooted for these characters."

There is no problem that a library card can't solve.

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much. But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.

Joe says:
"'The Weird Sisters' are the three daughters of a Shakespearean scholar at an Ohio university. The action begins when their mother begins treatment for breast cancer. Rosalind, the oldest, has followed in her father's path: she is a university professor at a nearby college, and has stayed at home to take care of her parents. Bianca, the middle child, escaped provincial Ohio for New York City, but after losing her job, returns home to lick her wounds. The youngest, Cordelia, has spent her twenties moving from town to town and bed to bed, the epitome of a young delinquent. When she finds herself pregnant, she realizes that she must make a lifestyle change, and returns to the only stable home she has known. These three sisters, while not really estranged, are not close. In this novel, Eleanor Brown brings these three fascinating characters to life. The novel is dotted with Shakespeare quotes, keeping the Bard alive... The book gathers steam as it goes, and I was unable to put it down. I laughed, I cried, I rooted for these characters. Told from an interesting first-person plural voice, it is the story of all three sisters together and individually. It is the story of many of us."

(You aren't getting enough Joe here on BTC? Then check out his blog From The City to the Country.)

***Meet the author tomorrow tonight at 7:30 at our Highlands Ranch store.***

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