Seoryung Kim Kim itibaren Texas
A book that has a reference to Shakespeare in the title; how does a reader resist the urge to pick it up? This reader did not and I am glad I gave in to my impulse. Books about sisters, how many do you think are published in any given year? There is something about that bond that seems to attract authors and readers alike; there are so many tangled webs in these complicated relationships, women who are more than friends yet just as often enemies. They love each other but often don’t like each other; sharing memories but each having their own take on the memory. Eleanor Brown brings us the story of three sisters who come home after many years and try to learn to like the sisters they love. Rosalind, Bianca and Cordelia Andreas, named after Shakespearean characters by their father a professor at the local college and a renowned expert on the Bard of Avon. Rose, the eldest, is the responsible one; Bean the middle sister is the beauty who lives her life according to her own rules and Cordy is the young irresponsible free spirit. Each comes together in their childhood home to help care for their cancer stricken mother; each comes home carrying the baggage of secrets and dreams unfulfilled. I really enjoyed this book although I found the structure a little off-putting. They story is told in a third person plural, much of the tale is narrated as “we”. It took a while to adjust to that but once I settled in I really related to a lot of the interaction between the sisters as they try to shake off their childhood roles and try to make sense of their jumbled feelings for each other. The constant interjection of Shakespearean quotes added to my enjoyment. I also liked that the ending wasn’t completely predictable. A nice, light and very pleasant read, perfect for a day at the beach.