15 April 2013

Sisterland; Curtis Sittenfeld

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Perhaps I just expect more from Curtis Sittenfeld, but this read like an American version of an Aga-saga. The focus on Daisy and Violet, their childhood, and Daisy's (now Kate's) adult choices held no surprises, and the writing wasn't particularly inspired. At times I felt like checking the cover to ensure it truly was Sittenfeld, rather than, say, Joanna Trollope.

Daisy and Violet are twins, identical and possessing "senses" that make them somewhat psychic. As they age, Daisy feels pulled in a different direction: she goes to college, has long-term relationships, marries, and ultimately gives up her name (changing to Kate and taking her husband's name) in an attempt to distance herself from her past. Violet never completes college, has no serious relationships and embraces her psychic side. Beyond that, there's the distant father and mother for them to contend with. And then there's Kate's husband and their BFF couple friends, Hank and Courtney. Nothing new here, nothing different from many other contemporary fiction books.

That's not to say this is a bad book, or poorly written. Just that I somehow expected more and left disappointed.

ARC provided by publisher.

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