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The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown is available now on Amazon.
There are few relationships in this world more complicated than the bond between sisters: the snarled ties formed by blood, birth order and shared history.
Eleanor Brown explores the relationship between three sisters who find themselves back in their hometown - and living back in their family home - when their mother is diagnosed with cancer.
Rosalind, Bianca and Cordelia were named by their father, a Shakespeare scholar of mild renown with a passion for all things Bard.
As adults, they've carved out lives that are as different as their personalities: Rosalind (Rose) is the smart and dutiful daughter, beautiful Bianca (Bean) wraps men around her little finger and Cordelia (Cordy), the adored baby of the family, flits about the world on a whim.
They are The Weird Sisters, although the book notes that “weird,” or “wyrd,” had a different meaning four centuries ago; it meant fate.
When the girls return home, they bring along their secrets and their failures. And the real story of their family is revealed as their destinies unfold throughout the course of their mother's chemotherapy and surgery.
“There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future.”
The novel is beautifully written and sprinkled with unexpected humor. Through her quirky and perceptive prose, Brown is able to highlight what anyone with a sister already knows - you can love them, but sometimes you just don't like them very much.
Megan Sayers is the managing editor for ModernMom. Follow her on Twitter @MeganSayers