A Novel

Sittenfeld, Curtis

(Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 1400068312
Characteristics: 400 pages ;,25 cm


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Jul 12, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good but not great. To me an accurate picture of family life of young families today.

Jul 03, 2014
  • meggos rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

It sounded real interesting but was way too wordy and just way to detail about life. Sometimes those can be ok but not this one. I was sad that the end was not the way it should be but that can happen in real life.

Feb 21, 2014
  • gvlee rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I am completely baffled by the ending of this story. The first 90% of the book is about twin sisters who are psychic, and how their abilities affect their relationship. This part of the story is excellent and a real page turner. The last 10% of the story, though, is about one of the sister's marriage. It's like the author cut and paste the WRONG ENDING from a different story onto this one. ???????

Jan 21, 2014
  • miranda57 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I found the characters all extremely annoying. Even the 2 year old Rosie who can only refer to herself in the third person. Kate is a stuck up prude, Vi is a bohemian slob. Supporting characters are equally one dimensional. Ugh.

Nov 11, 2013
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Different from what I was expecting. The plot was good and the book kept me hooked (I read it in one weekend) but the character of Kate really annoyed me. She seemed snobbish and there were a lot of classist things in the book that annoyed me. I liked Vi, though. And the ending was a little disappointing. Still, I would read another by her.

Oct 14, 2013
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Following her extraordinary debut, "Prep" (2005) and two subsequent best sellers comes Curtis Sittenfeld's newest novel, "Sisterland," a rich but somewhat tedious and incredulous portrait of intricate family relationships.

As young girls, identical twins Daisy and Violet Shramm both possessed “the senses.” Daisy eschewed her abilities during her transformation into Kate Tucker, wife to Washington University professor and mother of two whereas Violet becomes a bisexual seer. When Vi goes public with her premonition about an upcoming earthquake, Kate feels mortified despite her inability to ignore her sister's prediction. Skillfully, Sittenfeld highlights the differences between the twins that make their interactions so fraught; the present day narrative interweaves with Kate's memories of childhood and explains why she felt so threatened by her own powers.

At times, scenes from the past do irritatingly interrupt the flow of the compelling main story but the powerful denouement largely makes up for this flaw. Ultimately, Sittenfeld's weakest effort to date still showcases the talents of one of fiction's sharpest, most perceptive writers.

Oct 02, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great read! Identical twins grow up with the power of ESP; one chooses to develop her psychic abilities, the other does not.

Sep 24, 2013
  • Maggie0514 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I was really looking forward to reading this book and when I finally did, I was disappointed in the ending.

Aug 12, 2013

Light with lots of filler, a good reflection of what we are fed on TV

Aug 10, 2013
  • amgriffin rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

If it weren't for the forced, throw-away ridiculous ending , I loved this book. I'm so mad at the author for compromising her best characters for the stupid ending!

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