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Sisterland - Curtis Sittenfeld


Published: 1st January 2014
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New from the bestselling author of American Wife, a novel about twin sisters who share a special gift, and the enduring power of the bond between them.

For identical twins, Kate and Violet are about as unlike as two peas from the same pod can be. Except in one respect – they share a hidden gift they call ‘the Senses', a special kind of intuition that can allow them to see things that are yet to come. After Kate inadvertently reveals their secret when they are thirteen years old, they are set on diverging paths into their adult lives.

Twenty years later Kate is a suburban housewife who suppresses her premonitions in the hope of leading a normal family life, while Violet lives alone and works as a psychic medium. Then one day Violet ignites a media storm by predicting a major earthquake in the St Louis area where they live.

As the day Violet has announced for the earthquake draws nearer, the sisters must grapple with the legacy of the past, the confusion of the present, and the unsettling glimpses they both have of the future.

About the Author

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller American Wife, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize, as was her first novel, Prep, a New York Times bestseller. Sisterland, her fourth novel, was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick. Her books are translated into 25 languages. She is married, with two young children, and lives in the American Mid-West.


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Not Her Best Work


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    I'm not sure this is the author's best work; I have read now 3-4 of her books and this is my least favourite; the story is OK and the characters are well developed but not as interesting as some of the characters in her other novels. It does drag on a bit; the "earthquake" reference keeps you interested but the ending falls a little flat. I understand that twins may have a unique relationship, but I just suspect that this book takes it a little too far.

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    "A work of psychological genius and has a wonderful twist at the end...a literary pageturner...There's a fizzing, daring originality to Sisterland that draws you in and takes your breath away." Observer "Engagingly messy mixture of the comic and the sombre...a beautifully delicate way of describing both familial and conjugal love." Guardian "Curtis Sittenfeld has a knack for capturing characters so vividly it's uncanny...brilliantly evokes small-town Eighties adolescence...the gripping denouement is expertly carried out." Daily Mail "Wise and empathetic, this is a book with a great sense of humour and an even bigger heart." Glamour "Sittenfeld's debut Prep was one of the best novels about adolescence written this century, and it is here, when dealing with the competitve world of teenage girls, that Sittenfeld is at her best in Sisterland...Like Kate Akinson with her recent Life After Life, Sittenfeld is a reliably realistic (if slightly dreamy) novelist who has here tackled a somewhat far-fetched concept outside her normal range and displayed impressive comfort in doing so." Sunday Times

    ISBN: 9780552776592
    ISBN-10: 0552776599
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 528
    Published: 1st January 2014
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.7  x 3.3
    Weight (kg): 0.37
    Edition Number: 1