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Sisterland: A Novel de Curtis Sittenfeld
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Sisterland: A Novel (edição: 2014)

de Curtis Sittenfeld

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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.… (mais)
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Título:Sisterland: A Novel
Autores:Curtis Sittenfeld
Informação:Random House Trade Paperbacks (2014), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 432 pages
Coleções:last night in twisted river
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Sisterland de Curtis Sittenfeld

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It was ok. One twin, Kate, was very neurotic. She was uncomfortable with her psychic gifts and quite uncomfortable in her own skin really. The other twin, Vi, embraced her psychic gifts, was kind of sloppy, irresponsible, and outspoken. Both were narcissistic but in different ways.

Kate was self-indulgent in her neurotic anxieties to the point it took over her life. She was a control freak who lost control of herself at one point.

Vi was a bit harder for me to figure out because the novel was written from Kate's point of view. Vi was definitely quite self-absorbed. She might have had better luck becoming a mature adult if Kate didn't always bail her out. There was enabling going on.

The writing style was good. The storyline sort of fizzled for me and I felt the end was rushed and enigmatic. On a side note, I've read a few books lately in which the male characters have to put up with a lot of crap from the female characters. It often results in the male characters seeming to have few flaws, which is very hard to believe! ( )
  AnnieMK | May 12, 2021 |
Oh authors. I am so tired of this plot twist you keep using when you need a big earth shattering moment. I was really enjoying this book up until the last couple of chapters. The book centers around a pair of twins who have "senses" and how they deal with it in very different ways. After reading many books about identical twins who are portrayed as the same person, it was nice to read about two sisters who had individual lives, characteristics and personalities that just happened to be twins. The book is still worth a read even with the twist I despise so.

I received this from NetGalley. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
One of those books with characters who didn't seem likeable. None of them were horrible people, but more bland, flat & whiny. I did want to know what was going to happen so I was compelled to keep reading which is why it gets 3 stars instead of 2. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
I enjoyed most of this book but the end left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Great audio book -- like listening to the conversation of people in the next booth at a restaurant. Intriguing and interesting premise: twin sisters Violet and Daisy (later Kate)have "senses" which they discovered at a young age when they "predicted" a fire at their neighbors' house. Daisy uses hers in Jr. high to gain popularity by channeling a Ouija board and helping the Queen bee of her grade with her love life. This ultimately backfires in the typical adolescent way. Violet becomes more attuned to her powers in college with a meditative experience of light which she calls "Guardian." Flash forward to present day where Kate is now the married mother of 2 young children and has completely renounced her power, and Vi has become self-employed as a psychic. Both sisters live in St. Louis, not far from where they grew up and have a fractious relationship, though it is rooted in love. Vi has predicted a major earthquake for St. Louis and becomes a local (and briefly, national) celebrity. Kate bristles at the publicity and the impact on her family and best friends -- her husband and the wife (Courtney) of the other couple are both geologists at Wash. U. Meanwhile, Kate and Hank are the stay-at-home parents of the little kids. This story is far-reaching through the interior and exterior lives of all the characters and moves backward to examine Vi & Kate's childhood and forward again to the present with the impending earthquake. What if there really is a disaster? Or what if it's more of a figurative earthquake -- some cataclysmic situation that rocks the foundation you've created? Well done on Sittenfeld's part to coordinate all these situations so seamlessly. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
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It would in my life then have been impossible for me to feel bored by doing nothing. To do nothing was a rare treat, almost like taking a nap.
Maybe I had always been, as Vi would subsequently accuse me, someone who creates obstacles for myself then looks around in surprise, wondering where they came from.
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There are, I have learned, so many gifts of motherhood, and so many sadnesses,  and one of the sadnesses is the asymmetry of the family experience: that in spite of all the daily nuisances, and in spite of the unforgivable way I transgressed, these years of the children being little are the sweetest in my life.
Our children, our grown-up children, who might or might not know the secrets of their parents but who'd surely possess secrets of their own—would they regard us with affection or resentment? The answer, presumably, is both, but still, it is hard not to wonder in what proportions, hard not to yearn, as I did at my father's burial, for those proportions to be favorable.
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