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Sisterland
Sisterland: A Novel | Curtis Sittenfeld
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNAMED 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 Sittenfelds] growing depth and assurance as a writer.Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times [Sittenfelds] gifts are in full effect with this novel, and she uses them to create a genuinely engrossing sense of uncertainty and suspense.Sloane Crosley, NPRs All Things ConsideredCurtis 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 sensesinnate psychic abilities concerning future events and other peoples 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 shes 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 Whats most captivating about Sisterland is the intimate, intense portrayal of identical twin sisters. . . . [The novel] unfolds like a good prophecyinevitable and shocking.San Francisco ChronicleThe accomplished Sittenfeld . . . is as skillful as ever at developing an intriguing premise and likable characters. . . . Sittenfelds affectionate take on sibling rivalry is spot-on.People The power of [Sittenfelds] 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 siblingsespecially women with sisterswill likely come away feeling as if the author really is psychic.USA Today
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marleed
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So the MC of this book was just one of identical twins. While both were gifted with a ‘sense‘, the MC, was reluctant to bring hers into her functional adulthood. However, the sense remains a supporting character along with her twin, her husband, and the couple‘s best friends. not what i was expecting based on the title, but still interesting.

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ImperfectCJ
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My sister and I used to host a Sisters Book Club on Goodreads, and this is one of the titles we read.

1. https://youtu.be/0X4taP8g9S8
2. I like the hip-swaying cadence and the poignant quality of Tift Merritt's voice. Also, it reminds me of when I lived in North Carolina.
3. Meditation breaks and neck and shoulder stretches.

Want to join in? @slategreyskies @Wanderer18 @catiewithac

#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

Cosmos_Moon Sweet song and love the idea of Sisters Book Club. I have been sending my sister some books after I read them, hoping to bring us closer together, although we live far away. 3y
ImperfectCJ @Cosmos_Moon Similar situation with my sister and me. We've lived hundreds or thousands of miles from one another since I finished school. I find it takes effort, creativity, and perseverance to keep close. I'm not always good at any of those things, though. 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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This was not what I was expecting. Identical twin sisters, Kate & Violet, have had “senses” since girlhood. Now adults, Vi has embraced her gift while Kate has washed her hands of it. Vi predicts a major earthquake, and both sisters lives are turned upside down. But, about halfway through the book, it turned into less about the both of them and the earthquake and more about Kate and her marriage. 🤷🏻‍♀️
#readyoursign #gemini ♊️ - symbol, twins

RebelReader This was my least favorite Sittenfeld book. I‘m looking forward to reading her new one, Rodam since normally I really enjoy her books. 3y
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booksndirt
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"She would say that we create our own reality- that the truth, ultimately, is what we choose to believe"

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Carla
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Just discovered: If you tap on Libby‘s icon in-app, you can change her skin tone. Library diversity! #libby #library

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LoverofLit
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This book was a 17 hour listen and in literally the last FORTY MINUTES it went from intriguing and compelling to the exact reason why the poo emoji was created 💩 💩 💩 The characters in here were complex and the storyline's idea was interesting. But then this descended into one person's journey while all the other characters were side-lined, leaving the reader feeling unsettled and disjointed. I can't recommend unfortunately.

MicrobeMom Agree complete! 4y
LoverofLit It was absolutely maddening! @MicrobeMom Also, I have The Rosie Project on my TBR to read next month so let me know what you think! 4y
MicrobeMom @LoverofLit I thought The Rosie Project was really cute. I do feel some people might find it a bit stereotypical and formulaic but I liked it. 4y
LoverofLit @MicrobeMom Oh I'm sorry! I have read The Rosie Project (and felt the same way). I don't know what I was thinking 😅 I meant 4y
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LoverofLit
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"We all make mistakes. Don't we? But if you can't forgive yourself, you'll always be an exile in your own life."

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LoverofLit
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The reasons I chose to read this:
1. I'm in love with the narrator, Rebecca Lowman.
2. It fits a category on my #pop18 reading challenge.
3. I really like the synopsis, adult twin sisters who have the eerie habit of predicting things before they happen. One denying she can, while the other embraces it. Set in my home state of Missouri. With a catastrophic earthquake possibly!

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LoverofLit
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"How flattering motherhood was, when they weren't rubbing food on my clothes or sneezing in my mouth."
Ain't that the truth!

AshleyHoss820 😂😂😂 #truth 😂😂😂 4y
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Krose1
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I enjoyed this. The dynamics of sisters is represented well. Fighting, hurt feelings, yet still loving each other so deeply.

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LiteraryinLawrence
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While I didn‘t regret the time I spent reading this, it‘s not a book I‘d particularly recommend. Some of the characters were fleshed out and interesting, but others fell flat (mostly the male characters). The premise was intriguing (twins sisters who both have some intuitive/psychic ability but who have different attitudes towards it) but the reality didn‘t match the potential. Didn‘t love the ending. Just ok overall.

larah17 This is a really nice pic! 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your pic!! 5y
LiteraryinLawrence @larah17 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks! It‘s outside of where I work. I was about to drive the book back to the library when I realized I hadn‘t taken a picture of it for Litsy! 5y
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MicrobeMom
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Not sure about this one. I will say it did have me thinking. I just really hated the narrator. She was boring, insecure, judgmental, and not true to herself. The writing was good in a breezy easy to follow sort of way. The book is supposedly about a set of twins with psychic abilities that predict an earthquake. It is really about one of the twin‘s neediness and self loathing. Just not sure.

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MicrobeMom
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The wildlife on my audio walk this afternoon!

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MicrobeMom
Sisterland: A Novel | Curtis Sittenfeld
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After 14 hours of dance with my daughter yesterday, I need some audio knitting! #audioknitting #knitting #dancemom

BarbaraTheBibliophage That‘s a energetic bunch of dancers!! 5y
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Moonchild_booknerd89
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Bailed on the other one it was too cute let‘s see about this one :) Maybe I‘ll revisit later but I didn‘t like it didn‘t capture me from the start....

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goodbyefrancie
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Part of my loot from Half Price Books today. I had to go to a bookstore...medicinal purposes. 😉 It's good for my mental health. Some of these will go in my #littlefreelibrary.
#bookhaul

Aims42 Your free library folks are very lucky!🍀🍀🍀🍀 5y
emilyhaldi Oooohh I haven't heard about that one from Curtis Sittenfeld but I love ❤️ 5y
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Lauren.Archer
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I can‘t tell you how much I loved this book. The way the characters developed throughout the book, was amazing. My heart felt for all of them. Oh and that ending.

nomadreader Right? The ending is a literary tour de force. 5y
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Lauren.Archer
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Making my way through Sittenfeld‘s backlist. The reviews have been so-so, but I have high hopes.

JanJan I️ loved this book! Sittenfeld is so gifted at writing relatable and flawed characters. I️ devour whatever she writes. (edited) 5y
nomadreader I loved this one! (And all of her backlist) 5y
Blaire I liked this too. She‘s a must buy author for me. I think she‘d be great to be friends with. 5y
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LauraBeth
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This wasn't as good as Prep and American Wife - but it's still a solid novel. I personally think Sittenfeld is the bomb and she knows how to craft a good narrative. Because this is about twins, she could have gone the dual narrative route (yawn) but she didn't - which to me shows her strength as an author. This isn't a perfect novel but it kept me riveted and entertained. If you need likable characters - this won't be for you.

riversong153 I'm getting so tired if the duel narrator style! I enjoyed Sisterland to but American Wife was awesome! Still haven't gotten to Prep yet. 5y
BookBabe Love the kitties! 💕 5y
LyndseyReads I've got to read American Wife! You loved it? 5y
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Tex2Flo I've got Sisterland TBR, but didn't care for American Wife. I agree that the author has got chops, so am excited to see what else she's got. 5y
LauraBeth @riversong153 agree - I'm getting tired of it as well! 5y
LauraBeth @LyndseyReads I read it a few years ago but did love it! 5y
LauraBeth @Tex Prep was good 😀 5y
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LauraBeth
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That's right stupid Holly bush - you've poked me one last time - you're coming down and being replaced with something nicer. And you're going to listen to Sisterland with me while you die.

If you're living with something akin to a Holly Bush - rip that sucker out by the root and replace it. ❤️

MicheleinPhilly "Kick his ass, Sea Bass!" 6y
Readingrobin Lol! 6y
saresmoore 💪 6y
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Lmstraubie I pity that bush 💪 6y
tammysue 👍🏻😂😂😂 6y
QuietlyLaura I like how that bush is listening to the book with you! 😂 6y
britt_brooke 😆👏🏻 6y
Bradleygirl Amen the bush sentencing 6y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly 😂😂 I still love that movie 6y
MicheleinPhilly Me too. It still makes me snort laugh. ☺️ 5y
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PhoebeReading
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I almost put this one down after the first chapter. What unlikable people. But I kept going and now I don't want to stop.

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Happybooknerd
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Really enjoyed this story. Interesting portrayal about identical twins. Both with "senses" and trying hard to lead very separate lives. But still maintaining a strong bond.

rubyslippersreads Sounds interesting. And such a cute kitty! 😻 6y
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JEMoutrageous
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I am strictly an #ereader. I love my Nook. I currently have 1,096 unread books on it. A good majority of them were free or less than $2. I originally received an e-reader because my boyfriend could not take all the books in our small apartment. Then he one for me with a glowlight so I would not bother him at night. I am on my fourth Nook. I got my sister hooked on them too, because she travels all over the place.💓💓💓💓💓 #seasonsreadings2016

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Abby-J
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Coming in just under the wire, I have one more for #threwitacrosstheroom. I hated this book with all of my soul. The main character, a selfish upper middle class white lady, is literally one of the worst characters I've ever read. Her motivations didn't make sense, and she was thoroughly unloveable. I stopped near the end of the book and looked for a spoiler post on GoodReads. Glad I quit because it was even worse in the end. #photoadaynov16

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Marieinsweden-Enochannanbok
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Panpan

I loved the American Wife. This one not so much. Boring and too many details.

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KikiLovesBooks
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I wish I enjoyed this one as much as I LOVED Eligible. But that just goes to show not every book by an author of a book you adored is going to tickle your fancy. And that's ok. This really was better than so-so. I was entertained and interested in returning to the story of these twins. Fun fluff

whelanmaria The American Wife is amazing, you should try it if you haven't! I agree about Eligible and Sisterland. I'm hot and cold with Curtis Sittenfeld. 7y
KikiLovesBooks Definitely reading that one next! Thanks for that! 7y
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hattiek
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Starting this now. Seen so many friends recommend it, excited to start!

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