sonk’s #CBR5 Review #55: Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

I am generally a huge Sittenfeld fan–Prep is one of my favorites, and I read American Wifelast year for CBR-IV and liked it a lot–so when I heard she was coming out with a new book, I knew I had to get my hands on it ASAP.

I was SO disappointed.

Sisterland is about Violet (Vi), and Daisy (known almost exclusively as Kate in her adult life), twin sisters who, despite being polar opposites, share one very important trait: they both have ESP. Vi, the hippy-dippy, free-spirited sister embraced her “senses,” choosing a career as a psychic, whereas Kate, the uptight suburban housewife, has effectively banished her gift and never speaks of it to anyone. When Vi (very publicly) predicts a devastating earthquake, Kate finds herself caught up in the chaos, and must evaluate her relationships with her sister, her husband, and her past self.

Read the rest of my review here.

Lady Cordelia #CBR5 Review #63: Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

imagesThe hardest reviews to write are those where you didn’t love nor hate the book… but sit somewhere in that grey “meh” area.  Well, this one was firmly in that zone for me.

Two women who are identical twins living in St Louis have very different lives – Kate is married and a stay at home mum to two small children, Violet is unsettled and flaky and has never really stuck to anything.  What they do both share is the gift of ESP.   Since they were children, Kate and Violet both experienced premonitions and had an uncanny ability to know the truth about people.  Kate has since tried to distance herself from this power, while Violet has embraced it and works as a psychic medium.  After their hometown experiences a small earthquake, Violet garners national media attention by predicting the date of another larger quake.  As the predicted date draws closer, the story follows Kate as she tries to prepare to keep her children safe while reconciling her own rejection of her powers.

This book started quite well but lost me before too long.  Neither sister was particularly appealing to me as they both seemed like caricatures: Violet an overweight lesbian who is a college dropout and total mooch, and Kate an uptight suburban housewife who appears obsessed with organic cotton clothing for her precious kiddies.  The story flashes back to the girls’ adolescence where we see the trials of their upbringing, but I never really formed a connection with the story.  Frankly, the only reason I kept reading was to see if Violet had in fact predicted the earthquake correctly.  I’m happy to share this info if you’ve started this book but can’t find the will to make it through the 400 pages!