Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
(Random House, 2013, 400 pages)
This book took me a while to get through (listening to the audio) and I’m not sure why. It is set in St. Louis and while it was sometimes fun to recognize all of the locations and landmarks, sometimes it was distracting and felt unnecessary. Overall the story was a little lackluster and the narrator, Kate, was so bland and uninteresting I was constantly thinking I would have enjoyed the book more if it was told from the point of view of her twin Violet. I think I may have enjoyed it more in print, the reader’s voice might have made the character of Kate more annoying than she was.
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“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 another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally 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 to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.” – Amazon.com