Sisterland

Sisterland

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Random House, Inc.
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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
 
Psychologically vivid . . . Sisterland is a testament to [Curtis Sittenfeld’s] growing depth and assurance as a writer.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“[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, 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, 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.
 
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
 
“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
 
“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
 
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

Baker & Taylor
When the strongest earthquake in U.S. history occurs just north of their St. Louis home, Kate and Jeremy find the disaster further complicated by Kate's self-proclaimed-medium twin's prediction about a more powerful earthquake, a situation that places Kate under public scrutiny and reveals her own psychic abilities. By the author of American Wife.

Publisher: New York : Random House, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812994407
9781400068319
1400068312
Branch Call Number: FICTION SITTENFELD 2013
Characteristics: 400 pages cm

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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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gvlee
Feb 21, 2014

I am completely baffled by the ending of this story. The first 90% of the book is about twin sisters who are psychic, and how their abilities affect their relationship. This part of the story is excellent and a real page turner. The last 10% of the story, though, is about one of the sister's marriage. It's like the author cut and paste the WRONG ENDING from a different story onto this one. ???????

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miranda57
Jan 21, 2014

I found the characters all extremely annoying. Even the 2 year old Rosie who can only refer to herself in the third person. Kate is a stuck up prude, Vi is a bohemian slob. Supporting characters are equally one dimensional. Ugh.

loonylovesgood Nov 11, 2013

Different from what I was expecting. The plot was good and the book kept me hooked (I read it in one weekend) but the character of Kate really annoyed me. She seemed snobbish and there were a lot of classist things in the book that annoyed me. I liked Vi, though. And the ending was a little disappointing. Still, I would read another by her.

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