Sisterland: A Novel

By Curtis Sittenfeld


NAMED the best NOVELS OF THE yr by means of
Slate • day-by-day sweet • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Guardian (U.K.)

“Novelists get known as grasp storytellers for all time, yet Sittenfeld relatively is one. . . . What may be such a lot strikingly first-class approximately Sisterland is the way in which Sittenfeld depicts domesticity and motherhood.”—Maggie Shipstead, The Washington Post
Psychologically vibrant . . . Sisterland is a testomony to [Curtis Sittenfeld’s] starting to be intensity and coverage as a writer.”—Michiko Kakutani, The big apple Times
“[Sittenfeld’s] presents are in complete impact with this novel, and he or she makes use of them to create a surely engrossing feel of uncertainty and suspense.”—Sloane Crosley, NPR’s All issues Considered

Curtis Sittenfeld, author of American spouse and Prep, returns with a enchanting novel of relatives and identification, loyalty and deception, and the fragile line among fact and belief.
From an early age, Kate and her exact dual sister, Violet, knew that they have been in contrast to every body else. Kate and Vi have been born with extraordinary “senses”—innate psychic talents bearing on destiny occasions and different people’s secrets and techniques. although Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her most sensible to conceal them.
Now, years later, their assorted paths have led them either again to their place of birth of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric profession as a psychic medium, whereas Kate, a loyal spouse and mom, has settled down within the suburbs to elevate her teenagers. but if a minor earthquake hits in the midst of the evening, the traditional lifestyles Kate has consistently wanted for starts off to shift. After Vi is going on tv to percentage a premonition that one other, extra devastating earthquake will quickly hit the St. Louis zone, Kate is mortified. both troubling, although, is her worry that Vi should be correct. because the date of the anticipated earthquake quick ways, Kate is pressured to reconcile her fraught dating together with her sister and to stand truths approximately herself she’s lengthy attempted to deny.
humorous, haunting, and thought-provoking, Sisterland is a fantastically written novel of the duty we have now towards others, and the accountability we take for ourselves. together with her deep empathy, prepared knowledge, and unerring expertise for locating the extreme moments in our daily lives, Curtis Sittenfeld is likely one of the so much extraordinary voices in literary fiction today.

Praise for Sisterland
“What’s such a lot captivating approximately Sisterland is the intimate, intense portrayal of exact dual sisters. . . . [The novel] unfolds like an exceptional prophecy—inevitable and shocking.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“The entire Sittenfeld . . . is as skillful as ever at constructing an fascinating premise and likable characters. . . . Sittenfeld’s affectionate tackle sibling competition is spot-on.”—People
“The energy of [Sittenfeld’s] writing and the strength of her imaginative and prescient problem the inspiration that groovy fiction has to be not easy to learn. She is a grasp of dramatic irony, creating absolutely learned social worlds ahead of laying waste to her heroines’ knowing of them. . . . Her prose [is] a wealthy delight.”—The Boston Globe
Wise and sometimes wickedly entertaining . . . Readers who've siblings—especially ladies with sisters—will most probably come away feeling as though the writer quite is psychic.”—USA Today

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He informed me the salad dressing used to be divine. I stated I couldn’t take credits. ” Jeremy pressured a grin. the reality used to be that there has been a undeniable fizzy pleasure they’d considering them, the luster of California, and of their absence, there have been in basic terms our soiled dishes, our tiredness, and the terror I felt for we all. the subsequent morning, on the workplace of her ob/gyn, Courtney terminated her being pregnant. Amelia used to be in school, yet I didn’t—I couldn’t—offer to take her for the afternoon (they employed a sitter), or to drop off meals for them, simply because Courtney nonetheless didn’t understand that Jeremy and that i knew. I waited to get a textual content from Hank in a while, yet I didn’t, now not that day or the following. “I wish there weren’t complications,” I acknowledged to Jeremy, and he stated, “I’m convinced they’re simply resting. ” Hank known as on Thursday morning. “So she’s again at paintings. ” “That’s an excellent signal, correct? It appears like a very good signal. ” “I must have attempted tougher to speak her out of dealing with with it. I didn’t try out very difficult. ” “You can’t beat your self up. ” Rosie and Owen and that i have been in our front room; Rosie was once balancing the baloney on Owen’s head like a cap, and he regarded over at me in a tearful manner, as though stunned and disenchanted that I wasn’t intervening. “Don’t do this, Rosie,” I acknowledged. “Leave him on my own. ” “Don’t do this, Rosie,” Rosie repeated, then tossed the baloney towards the ceiling and acknowledged, “The baloney desires to fly. ” “You’re a good husband and an outstanding father,” I acknowledged to Hank. “I wish you recognize that. ” and that i idea then, notwithstanding I hadn’t basically idea it prior to this second, that if I realized i used to be pregnant with a child who had Down’s, I wouldn’t have an abortion; I wouldn’t have made the alternative Courtney had. “So I took Amelia to Oak Knoll the day before today, simply to get her out of the house,” Hank was once announcing. “And she’s on that chook toy, you recognize the item that rocks? And a lady who’s perhaps 5 comes as much as us, she issues to Amelia, and she or he says to me, ‘Where’s her sister? ’ ” “Oh, God. ” “I virtually misplaced it. I did lose it, honestly, yet no longer until eventually we acquired domestic. ” As I watched Rosie and Owen—Rosie used to be sending the baloney airborne back, and Owen was once attempting to rip an advert for antacids out of a topic of Time journal that was once 3 months old—my middle clenched. “I’m so sorry,” I acknowledged. I heard Hank swallow. “I consistently suggestion it used to be a girl,” he stated. bankruptcy eleven It was once in October 2002, on a night almost immediately sooner than Halloween, that Jeremy and that i nearly collided within the pasta aisle of Schnucks. He was once conserving a grocery basket, and that i used to be pushing a cart, which got here inside of an inch or of him as I rounded the nook earlier than I unexpectedly pulled it again. “I’m so sorry! ” I stated, and he acknowledged, “No, no, it’s my fault,” after which he checked out me and exclaimed, “You’re the smoothie lady! ” I stated, “I am? ” Jeremy felt very foolish for having blurted this out, he advised me later, and on the time I knew he used to be embarrassed, yet i presumed he used to be lovable. He was once shorter than any man I’d dated, and he had close-cut darkish hair and small glasses with steel frames, and even though he appeared solemn, his cheeks have been flushed in a manner that was once endearingly boyish.

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