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Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

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The tale of twin sisters living in St Louis, of their families, loves, successes, joys and past. Both are slightly fey but only one, Vi, has developed this side of her character and become a well-known local psychic. The geography of St Louis is integral to the plot so along with certain attitudes this is a very American tale. It is narrated by the other twin, Daisy, and centres mostly round her emotions and the results of Vi’s predictions, especially of an earthquake on 16 October 2009. The quake is not what you would expect. This is an absorbing, contagious work from a fine author; not her best but nonetheless a lovely read.

If you like Curtis Sittenfeld you might also like to read books by Elinor Lipman, Tom Wolfe and Kim Edward.


Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

For identical twins, Kate and Violet are about as unlike as two peas from the same pod can be. Except in one respect - they share a hidden gift. But after Kate inadvertently reveals their secret when they are thirteen years old, their lives are set on diverging paths. Twenty years later Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. Violet is single, and lives a much more flamboyant and eccentric existence. Then one day Violet ignites a media storm by predicting a major earthquake in the St Louis area where they live. As the day Violet has announced for the earthquake draws nearer, Kate must attempt to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister, and to face truths about herself she has long tried to deny.


'A work of psychological genius and has a wonderful twist at the end...a literary pageturner...There's a fizzing, daring originality to Sisterland that draws you in and takes your breath away.' - Observer

'Engagingly messy mixture of the comic and the sombre...a beautifully delicate way of describing both familial and conjugal love.' - Guardian

'Curtis Sittenfeld has a knack for capturing characters so vividly it's uncanny...brilliantly evokes small-town Eighties adolescence...the gripping denouement is expertly carried out.' - Daily Mail

About the Author

Curtis Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop where she was taught by Marilynne Robinson. As well as four bestselling novels, Curtis has also written for publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, The Guardian, Glamour and Time magazine, where she interviewed Michelle Obama.

Author photo © Josephine Sittenfeld

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1st January 2014


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Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


528 pages


Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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