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Sisterland von Curtis Sittenfeld
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Sisterland (2014. Auflage)

von Curtis Sittenfeld

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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.… (mehr)
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Titel:Sisterland
Autoren:Curtis Sittenfeld
Info:Black Swan (2014), Paperback, 528 pages
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Though the sisters at the heart of these two novels are unwillingly thrust into the national limelight with quite different results for their relationships, both novels offer a compelling, realistic, and insightful look into the complex bonds between sisters.… (mehr)
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Sisterland was the last Curtis Sittenfeld novel on my bookshelf. To be honest, I had held off buying this one because of the back cover blurb talking about senses and being psychic. (Also, I found the original Australian cover kind of creepy looking). That’s not really my scene, but after devouring later Sittenfeld books, I came back to this one. I’m glad I did. It’s not as spectacular as her later novels (e.g., Rodham, Eligible) but it’s still an excellent exploration of family and relationships in quiet domesticity.

Kate and Vi are identical twins but of course, their personalities are much different. The major thing that they have in common is that they have ‘senses’ – a type of psychic ability. They can’t see everything in the future, but they have glimpses. Vi embraces her senses, but Kate shuns hers as an adult. Kate tries desperately to fade into the wallpaper and do everything correctly, while Vi is happy to attract attention. When Vi predicts a major earthquake to hit St Louis, she makes national news and becomes an insta-celebrity. For Kate, this is the worst thing that could happen – and what if someone links her with Vi?

The story moves from the present with Kate’s relatively dull, but happy life with two small children to the twins’ life growing up. It describes how Kate felt awkward at school and used her senses to get in with the ‘cool crowd’. When she is burned by that, she retreats into being the most normal, bland person possible. Still her senses find their way into her normal life, but Kate is not willing to put up with them anymore. So when Vi becomes famous, it’s her worst nightmare. The differences between Vi and Kate are instantly recognisable as the ‘good’ and ‘bad twin. While Kate’s worrying could get annoying at times, Vi’s outlandish choices combined with her blunt honesty were much more refreshing. Kate’s retreat into absolutely average normality was an interesting way to hide from her shame at her family, but as the novel builds to its crescendo the reader finds that she isn’t too bad at breaking all the rules either. It’s not all Vi’s fault!

Even though a lot of the story is about the daily, ordinary life of a stay at home mother I found it very engrossing. The backstory of the twins’ childhood and early years and even the random things Kate’s daughter Rosie comes out with are really interesting. I understand I’m in the minority for liking this novel, but I enjoyed the combination of the ‘is she or isn’t she right’ of Vi’s prediction as well as the examination of all the relationships between parent and child, husband and wife. It’s a deep dive into the complexities and expectations of each party. The differences between Kate and husband Jeremy and their friends Hank and Courtney’s relationship was interesting to read, particularly when it similar situations for each couple arose. It’s detailed, mundane and yet completely engrossing. It’s not Sittenfeld’s best novel, but it’s still worth your time.

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  birdsam0610 | Nov 27, 2021 |
Interesting read. I was tempted to stop at various points but I do think it is worth finishing, ( )
  IngNorris | Oct 16, 2021 |
It was ok. One twin, Kate, was very neurotic. She was uncomfortable with her psychic gifts and quite uncomfortable in her own skin really. The other twin, Vi, embraced her psychic gifts, was kind of sloppy, irresponsible, and outspoken. Both were narcissistic but in different ways.

Kate was self-indulgent in her neurotic anxieties to the point it took over her life. She was a control freak who lost control of herself at one point.

Vi was a bit harder for me to figure out because the novel was written from Kate's point of view. Vi was definitely quite self-absorbed. She might have had better luck becoming a mature adult if Kate didn't always bail her out. There was enabling going on.

The writing style was good. The storyline sort of fizzled for me and I felt the end was rushed and enigmatic. On a side note, I've read a few books lately in which the male characters have to put up with a lot of crap from the female characters. It often results in the male characters seeming to have few flaws, which is very hard to believe! ( )
  AnnieMK | May 12, 2021 |
Oh authors. I am so tired of this plot twist you keep using when you need a big earth shattering moment. I was really enjoying this book up until the last couple of chapters. The book centers around a pair of twins who have "senses" and how they deal with it in very different ways. After reading many books about identical twins who are portrayed as the same person, it was nice to read about two sisters who had individual lives, characteristics and personalities that just happened to be twins. The book is still worth a read even with the twist I despise so.

I received this from NetGalley. ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
One of those books with characters who didn't seem likeable. None of them were horrible people, but more bland, flat & whiny. I did want to know what was going to happen so I was compelled to keep reading which is why it gets 3 stars instead of 2. ( )
  curious_squid | Apr 5, 2021 |
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The first earthquake wasn't the strongest—that would come later, in February 1812—but it must have been the most astonishing.
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It would in my life then have been impossible for me to feel bored by doing nothing. To do nothing was a rare treat, almost like taking a nap.
Maybe I had always been, as Vi would subsequently accuse me, someone who creates obstacles for myself then looks around in surprise, wondering where they came from.
He said, "We all make mistakes, don't we? But if you don't forgive yourself, you'll always be an exile in your own life."
There are, I have learned, so many gifts of motherhood, and so many sadnesses,  and one of the sadnesses is the asymmetry of the family experience: that in spite of all the daily nuisances, and in spite of the unforgivable way I transgressed, these years of the children being little are the sweetest in my life.
Our children, our grown-up children, who might or might not know the secrets of their parents but who'd surely possess secrets of their own—would they regard us with affection or resentment? The answer, presumably, is both, but still, it is hard not to wonder in what proportions, hard not to yearn, as I did at my father's burial, for those proportions to be favorable.
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