Sisterland

Sisterland Curtis Sittenfeld New York Times bestselling 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

Curtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling 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 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 psychicCurtis Sittenfeld, New York Times bestselling 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 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 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, 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 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 d

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  1. Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the new novel Eligible, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice due out April 2016 as well as the bestselling novels Sisterland, American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which have been translated into twenty five languages Curtis s writing has appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Vanity Fair,Time, Slate, Glamour, and on public radio s This American Life A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers Workshop, she currently lives in St Louis, MO.

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  1. I would like to rename this book Exhaustively and Minutely Detailed Memoir of the Most Boring Person Ever Oy, Curtis, Curtis, Curtis.This book read like an MFA program gone wrong Stories should have details, yes, but ones like I sped up to get into the next lane, passing a van, should not be one of them And first person is a choice one makes when one has a personality not when we are merely slogging through the day and thoughts of a person who is just words on a page.I don t really get what make [...]


  2. Kind of horrified I have loved CS s other books and was looking forward to this one I didn t mind the topic I thought it might be interesting in the hands of a truly literary author who had always gone deeply into her characters minds And what mind might be interesting than this one Till we find out about Kate One question that I just have to get off my chest WHO complains about a guy taking too long to come WHO DOES THAT I guess maybe when you ve got young children you might be in a hurry And [...]


  3. This book pissed me off I enjoyed it in a three star kind of way until about 2 3 of the way through Until the book s earthquake that is and then all of the sudden I m reading some cheesy Jodi Picoult book Really Vi virtually disappears from the story at this point.It made absolutely no sense that someone of Jeremy s caliber would find himself with someone as dull, unimaginative, incurious, and unambitious as Kate Daisy At least Sittenfeld could have made her lively or interesting outside of her [...]


  4. I went Back To The Future in this gem of a novel Although it saddens me to think in fifty years teenagers probably won t get many of the pop culture references, I ve decided to live in the moment, or the recent past, as this novel clearly does With The Simpsons, American Idol, Letterman, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Rihanna s Umbrella, Rolling Stone, Christina Aguilera, The Fugitive, The Way You Look Tonight, Today, Animal House, Spin Doctors, Blues Brothers, Monty Python, Good Morning [...]



  5. Daisy and Violet Shramm grew up as troubled young girls, struggling with their unhappy parents and being bullied at school, with their unusual abilities they re psychic, a hazy set of abilities vaguely defined as their senses compounding these problems Now the twin sisters are in their mid thirties, and Daisy, who narrates this story, is married with two young children, having changed her name to the less distinctive Kate Meanwhile, Vi has embraced the things that make her different she is an ec [...]


  6. This wasn t PREP , elite High School Boarding School classic.or AMERICAN WIFE ,.or perhaps Laura Bush and the portrait of an enduring marriage.or ELIGIBLE e retelling of Pride and PrejudiceIt s SISTERLAND a story about twin sisters, loyalty, betrayal, psychic abilities, parenting, an earthquake with excellent dialogue I listen to most of this novel audiobook a few times I read parts also I enjoyed it.I m a big Curtis Sittenfeld fan I actually enjoyed this story than I thought, because when this [...]


  7. Yuck.This was horrible.I love the idea of twins, I even want them someday, just ask my husband I talk about it all the time And then the fact that this book had psychic twins Uh, duh yeah I wanted to read it.But this bookjust YUCK I had to finish it to know what happened, but seriously I just don t care.This read like a day to day life than I ever wanted to hear about I read books to escape my day to day life, not read about someone else cleaning up baby poop or doing laundry Yawn view spoiler [...]


  8. Well I think for a while I was punishing her for being Curtis Sittenfeld, of which I know a few things One of the things I know about her is that she currently lives in St Louis, and is married to a SLU professor, and recently wrote a purportedly positive article about St Louis, but with which my hipster St Louis friends strongly disagreed Two is that she wrote Prep and American Wife, the fact of which is no state secret, but I dearly loved both of those books and thus held crazy high hopes for [...]


  9. Sisterland was good, but also my least favorite of Sittenfeld s books I ve been a long time fan of her stories, devouring Prep, American Wife, Man of My Dreams, and most recently, earlier this year, Eligible She writes enjoyable fiction Sisterland is a story about two twin sisters, Vi and Daisy Kate , who are very different but still stay connected They fight and makeup regularly Vi is a psychic, and her lifestyle embarrasses Daisy, who is a suburban St Louis mom, desperate for normalcy Growing [...]


  10. I wonder if the authors read these reviews I would Let me say up front that I liked American Wife, but my opinion may be heavily salted by my hatred of the Bush family and everything they stand for I did not like Sisterland for the following reasons 1 I bought the idea of the bond which can be called psychic between the identical twin sisters I have twin sons who, although they are not identical, share a bond which is different from the bond each shares with me and with their singleton brother I [...]


  11. Disclaimer I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review While I love Sittenfeld s writing, none of this influenced my opinion in any way.I like Curtis Sittenfeld She doesn t feel the need to give in to peer pressure and make her characters likeable She takes chances She says things we might think or say to ourselves sometimes, but of which we know we should keep them for ourselves She s funny in a subtle way.The first and only one her novels I read before is Prep, which I [...]


  12. I ll start with a disclaimer I like Sittenfeld I hadn t read any other novel by her except for Prep before reading this one, but the only reason I would bother picking up something dealing with the paranormal is because I like the author It s not my type of story But it did keep me reading, and for that I credit the way Sittenfeld writes But, it s really not all that good, plot wise The disharmony between two sisters, one who embraces her psychic senses, and the other who does not, is all very w [...]


  13. I had high hopes for this book Earthquakes I m totally fascinated by them The paranormal I read a ton about it St Louis I consider it my co hometown I was hooked the first part of the novel Identical twins Daisy known later as Kate and Violet Vi have psychic abilities which Daisy try s desperately to suppress and Vi embraces Vi makes a prediction about a major earthquake hitting St Louis on a specific date, and the story unfolds I thought Curtis Sittenfeld did a great job at the beginning twins [...]


  14. I think Curtis Sittenfeld is kind of underrated, and I ve been trying to figure out why that is, and I was going to use this review to speculate about the reasons people might feel disappointed by her books despite the fact that I, personally, always enjoy them Then I was reminded of how much it sucks when people can t explain why they like a book without condescending to the people who don t like it Simply put, if you have to resort to talking about how other people don t get a book instead of [...]



  15. When I opened the package my editor sent me and saw that one of the books I had to review was the latest Curtis Sittenfeld, the first thought that came to mind was, Ugh, read this one first and get it over with quickly The only other book of hers I ve read is the horrible Prep and her magazine interviews always read as much too self satisfied to me, so when the time came, I girded my loins, cracked open the book and consciously determined to be fair I was very pleased to discover as I read, thou [...]


  16. Good story entertaining,thought provoking and a bit predictable but satisfying outcome at the end paperback


  17. I think anyone who has had a family member who makes him or her cringe, and that he or she has tried to keep a secret, will enjoy this book If that family member is your sister, I think Sisterland will draw you in all the If you are fascinated by twins, you may also enjoy it Heck, if you can read, you may just want to crack it open.The sisters in Sisterland are identical twins, Vi short for Violet and Kate They are in their 30 s Their mother has been dead for a decade, and their father lives in [...]


  18. To call this a novel about twins with ESP would be a drastic oversimplification it s about parenthood, family inheritance, beliefs that contradict rationality, race and suspicion in modern America, loyalty, betrayal, and, above all, sisterhood.Where Sittenfeld excels is in voicing an absolutely believable female, first person subjectivity, especially when recreating adolescence and high school experiences she also knows well the ways of introverts.It cannot be denied that the plot becomes rather [...]


  19. Really engrossing and well written story about twins Daisy who later calls herself Kate and Violet who have senses or psychic abilities As the story begins, Violet predicts a strong earthquake is coming The story weaves between the twins past and present, fleshing out their complicated relationship, while building suspense is a quake coming or not Sittenfeld is a master at character development and storytelling highly recommend.


  20. Oooooof I feel as though I was just punched in the stomach What a great, great story Curtis Sittenfeld is one of my favorite writers she gets to the heart of the most human, ordinary moments, and connects me as the reader in a way that makes me say YES THAT all the time Sisterland is a tale of identical twin sisters, Violet and Daisy Shramm, who came of age in 80s St Louis They have a shared sense of ESP beyond stereotypical twinness, or, as they call it having senses In adulthood, Violet embrac [...]


  21. This book started out as a solid 4 star, and had 5 star potential but by the end, it was a 3 star Some books are about characters and don t focus much on plot, others have a great mix of both, and some are just action driven where you really don t know the characters This one was strictly character driven, with little to no plot movement The premise is that two sisters are psychic and one of them has repressed her psychic abilities, but the other still uses them The other, Vi, predicts a terribl [...]


  22. Curtis Sittenfeld s SISTERLAND is ostensibly the story of twin sisters born with precognition Violet and Daisy grew up understanding that they had senses, meaning the ability to foresee future events As an adult, Violet or Vi embraces those senses, and makes them part of her everyday life she aids the police in a kidnapping case and does readings for paying clients Daisy who changes her name to Kate during college rejects her senses, and makes every effort to become a normal housewife raising tw [...]


  23. Wretched So there s these identical twins, and one is responsible and good and always has a steady boyfriend Daisy One is wild and bad Violet So, Sweet Valley s Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, but with some psychic abilities, living in St Louis, with a distant father and deceased, depressed mother The book is narrated by the good twin, who changes her name to Kate when she goes to college But it s just too bad that the good twin is a despicable, wholly unsympathetic mess of a character, a mom i [...]


  24. 1.5 starsThe first review of this I tried to post got waylaid whilst floating in the interwebs, which is probably just as well it was filled with much vitriol than I intended I mentioned in it that despite its unnecessary heft, I enjoyed American Wife, Ms Sittenfeld s fictional examination of First Lady Laura Bush s life I like the exacting detail on display, and I really appreciate the effort to, I suppose, humanize Alice Blackwell er, Laura Bush and make her a sympathetic character worth taki [...]


  25. Tedium, thy name is Sisterland A whole pile of whiny nothing happens in this book And then when something remotely interesting happens, it s wrapped up nicely in 20 pages, where it s obvious the author has realised something That something , being that she has withered on for many many pointless chapters, and now needs to wrap it up neatly so let s have a chapter of disjointed segments of a story, firstly leaping forward by 6months, then 2 years and then THIRTY what if years Snore.


  26. Absolutely fantastic I have actually read it twice As a twin, there were so many things I could relate to.


  27. This hasn t taken the place of American Wife or Prep in my heart, but I was still engrossed through and through Sittenfeld writes a novel exactly how I d want to write a novel detailed, observant, with plenty of meaty flashbacks In fact, the flashbacks were probably my favourite part of Sisterlandfull chapters about the twins growing up with this psychic ability hovering around them Daisy is a little too judgemental, and Vi is a little too out there I m no Daisy but Violet was frustrating at tim [...]


  28. It was with trepidation that I started Sisterland, the sole remaining unread Curtis Sittenfeld novel in my repertoire The blurb promised identical twin sisters gifted in ESP, one of whom predicts a catastrophic earthquake in St Louis, a scientifically and thus narratively improbable event that nevertheless serves as the story s catalyst For those unfamiliar with her work, Sittenfeld plays with extreme hyperrealism, observations so mundane that many readers deem her boring or statements so starkl [...]


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