Book Review: Sisterland

I read Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld a few weeks ago and have been meaning to do a review on it. Enjoy!

Synopsis (from Amazon.com):

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.

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed reading this one – I loved the struggle between the two sisters throughout the book – Violet to be understood and Kate to actually do the understanding. In the end, the story became less about one sister being more “eccentric” and rather, the other sister taking personal responsibility for who she thought she was and who she actually was. They story unrolls itself and makes you want to continue turning pages. Definitely read this one!

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