Review: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
One of my greatest regrets is that I never had a sister. I never realized how sorely I missed having one until I saw the trials and joys of the relationship shared by my three daughters. In a way I feel that my personal regret is one of the reasons that stories of sisterhood have always intrigued me. The Weird Sisters was no exception.
Told from a collective ‘other- voice’ encompassing all three of the Andreas sisters, The Weird Sisters is both a poignant story of coming home and reconciling, as well as moving on.
Upon receiving news of their mother’s illness, Cordelia and Bianca return to their sleepy little hometown, home to Barnwell University where their father is an English professor and resident authority on Shakespeare. They join their eldest sister Rosalind in their parent’s home, ostensibly to be at their mother’s side, but parental devotion isn’t the only reason the younger sisters return to the family roost. In fact all three have their own separate reasons for sticking by or returning home. It is within the conflicts and bonds of that sisterhood that the crux of the story lies.
The separate and merged paths of Rosalind (Rose), Cordelia (Cordy) and Bianca ( Bean) tell their own unique stories of how we form our individual and combined quirks within the family dynamic. Brown crafts a wonderfully distinctive, yet very identifiable story of a family that is both loving and very much at odds. The father, who has couched almost every important lesson to his children in the words of the immortal bard, has a quiet but immeasurable impact on his daughters. However, the greatest impact on the sisters comes from each other. When Cordelia and Bianca come back home, they not only have their own issues to resolve but they also stir an awakening of sorts in the staid and steady Rosalind.
The Weird Sisters is a wonderful tale of what happens when girls who grew up together have to learn how to deal with and relate to each other as women. Eleanor Brown has written a beautifully crafted story full of humor, compassion and real emotion.