May 8, 2013

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld ~ A Review in GIFS



Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: June 2013
Categories: Contemporary Women, Literary
Source: Random House

Description:
From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar “senses”—innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them.
 
Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Vi goes on television to share a premonition that a devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. More troubling, however, is her fear that Vi may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister, and truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

Hooray for sisters! (Even if one of them is kind of a jerkface)*


That's the plot talking. It's a bit complex, needlessly so in some areas.


Matt Lauer makes an appearance! (Sadly, he doesn't dance)


Bill Murray does not make an appearance. But psychic abilities do, so there.


Well played, Sisterland. Well played indeed.

*My real life sister is not a jerkface.

28 comments:

  1. Glad you liked it :)
    I hope the plot isn't too complex, that can be off-putting.

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    1. It has a few too many things going on. BUT I still liked the book a lot :)

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  2. I love when you do "review in gifs" like this. ;)

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    1. Thanks Monika! They are fun to put together ;)

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  3. I have an ARC of this too - can't wait to get to it and share thoughts with you then!

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  4. This book sounds interesting, and the GIFs totally made me decide to try to find my own copy!

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    1. I might be able to help you out with that Rebecca! I'll email you ;)

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  5. Funny review! I haven't tried a review in GIFs yet, but I love reading them :)

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    1. Thanks so much :) Thanks for visiting as well, I appreciate it

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  7. Fun review, Jennifer! This sounds very different to Prep, and not what I would've expected from Sittenfeld, but good all the same. The too much plot thing I can understand, she does seem to do that sometimes.

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    1. I think I'm going to seek out Prep. I keep hearing about it :) I don't mind a meandering plot as long as it makes some sense at some point, lol.

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  8. Your reviews in GIFS are great :) This book sounds interesting, and I like that Matt Lauer makes an appearance.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much! They are super fun to do! :D

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  9. What a great idea for a review format! I read Prep and loved it but have promised myself I cannot get Sisterland until I read American Wife which is on my shelf. Need to clear those shelves - or make a dent at least!

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    1. Thank you :) Good luck clearing your shelves! That's not an easy task, lol.

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  10. I have an image in my mind of those twins in The Shining.
    Loved your review!

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    1. Ha ha, they aren't quite that creepy in this book ;) Thanks!

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  11. My favorite part of this entire review is the * that your real sister is not a jerkface. Of course, if she was, you probably wouldn't tell us, would you?

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    1. LOL, no I probably wouldn't. But she's really not, I promise! ;)

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  12. Great review-saw your Monday posting- I am also in the middle of Maya's notebook-how are you liking it?

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    1. Thanks :D I'm liking it. I love learning about different cultures and places and this one fits that bill nicely :)

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