The Power of Sisterhood and William Shakespeare

Apparently, I have been doing well at my Lenten goals because I haven’t spent very much time on the Internet at all. I have been reading ferociously, doing two crosswords a day, working, and practicing yoga. So, I haven’t been around on my blogs. But the good news about reading ferociously is that I have a book to tell you about!

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown is a story about sisters all returning home to face their great weaknesses and to break free from their own self-imposed limitations. This family is a different brand, and they warn you about that in the Prologue. These three sisters were raised by a Shakespeare expert and his brilliant, but often distracted, wife. All of them read as much as they breathe, and almost all of their conversations are punctuated by the Bard’s words. They quote him all the time, without pause. So, if you love Willie, you’ll appreciate this book. The girls are named Rosalind (Rose), Bianca (Bean), and Cordelia (Cordy). (Five points to the first person that can name they plays their names come from!)

Like I said, each girl is struggling with an internal battle, and their sisterly relationship certainly intensifies when they are thrown back into close quarters in their home in a small university town in Ohio. There’s Rose, who never really left, always controlling the situation, then Bean, who left New York in a frenzy after she did a bad thing, and finally, Cordy, the wanderer who decides that she’s grown out of her nomadic lifestyle. These girls go through a heck of a spiritual journey together, and I’m so glad I read this book. I have sisters, and I very much understand the characters and where they’re coming from. I also recognize a lot of myself in one sister in particular. Also throwing in a bit of Shakey never hurts. Some of their quotes remind me The King’s Speech when Lionel does a scene for his boys to name. I loved it! I loved it so much that I have new insights that I will most certainly write about next time!


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