Lisa Says… Read This Book by Eleanor Brown

By Lisa Hamilton

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
The Weird Sisters
by Eleanor Brown

I always wanted a sister and was quite envious of friends who had one. I had brothers, and after reading Eleanor Brown’s The Weird Sisters, I retain the same wish. I have friends as close as a sister could be, and I love them dearly. There must be something so special about the world of sisters, which you truly get a glimpse of in this novel. One origin of the word weird is “wyrd,” meaning fate. The fate of the sisters Rosalind, Bianca and Cordelia, all names of heroines in Shakespearian Literature, take us on a journey infused with tragedy, truth and triumph.

The Andreas family is a family of readers, the father a renowned Shakespeare professor at a local college. When the mother of the sisters is diagnosed with breast cancer, everyone returns home to care for her and care for themselves. Each is dealing with their own troubles and secrets; their stories are revealed with the good, the bad and the ugly. Rose, the eldest, is in constant conflict between her heart and her brain. Bean, the middle sister, is beautiful, selfish and a party girl. Cordy, the baby, is a peace-loving, free spirit who returns home alone and pregnant. As the women care for and tend to their mother, the daughters rediscover their love for home and family.

Brown weaves Shakespeare into almost every situation imaginable. You will be reminded and entertained at every turn by, not only tragedy, but wit and humor. The characters of this book are real and interesting; you will find yourself intrigued by their trials and discoveries. The Weird Sisters isn’t weird at all, just a good read whether you have sisters or not.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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