Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sisterland Book Review

I had an opportunity to read an advance copy of Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld through NetGalley. I had read Sittenfeld's other book, Prep a few years ago and I was really looking forward to her newest novel. 
Sisterland is a story about twin sisters, Kate & Violet who grow up and discover they have "senses" about future events. Kate tries to ignore these senses but Violet fully tries to embrace them. 
Kate follows a traditional path of marriage and family while Violet lives on the fringe of society. Everything changes when one day Violet goes on the news to warn people about an impending earthquake that will take place in the future. While Violet doesn't know when this will happen, it's Kate who gets the confirmation on the date, much to her chagrin.
This book is one of my new favorite books. It definitely keeps you on edge, wondering when the earthquake will happen. The whole book you are waiting to see the outcome of this huge event. But really this book is more than the earthquake, it's about the dynamics of siblings and their families. You get a glimpse into two lives who are drastically different but the love and sometimes hate that follows these sisters their whole lives. 
The only thing I did not like about this book was the way the ending played out. It took a turn that I didn't see coming and it just seemed uncharacteristic and a little ridiculous the way it ended. But overall, it's a great read and it will keep you guessing. 

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