#TBT Review: Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld


Category: Adult Fiction

Read: 2014

Published: 2013

Score: 4/5

Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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.

Review: This is a very interesting book that I wasn’t sure if I would like but I actually ended up really enjoying it when I read it quite a  few years ago.

It’s a story about two girls who are sisters and have psychic abilities. Vi is the “famous” one of the two as she uses her powers to make her name known. Kate has suppressed her powers and is now a new mom (again) and has a home and a husband whom she loves. Two very different lives but essentially two of the same kind of people, and because they are twins that means in more ways than one.

Vi predicts an earth quake and that one prediction is going to change the course of a lot of people’s lives. It’s amazing how one little thing can change so many things and this is what this book really looks at. Cause and effect in a different way than you would expect.

The characters are solid and it’s a quick pace read. It’s also very well written which also makes it a good book. Illustration-of-twins-loo-010

My only problem with it is how it ended. It wasn’t a bad ending, I’ve read so much worse but I think it could have been better than it was. I obviously can’t say much because it would give it all away.

Overall if you like these kind of contemporary fiction books this one is defiantly for you. I hope to read some of her other books one day.


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