11 February 2011

Imprint Friday: The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

Welcome to Imprint Friday and today's featured imprint: Amy Einhorn Books. Stop by each week to be introduced to a must-read title from one of my favorite imprints. I know you'll be adding many of these books to your wish list.

Most of you already know how much I love Eleanor Brown's The Weird Sisters. As I said in my review, this debut novel is "about a loving family that sometimes struggles to find common ground and sisters who try to balance friendship with competition and jealousy."

Here is the publisher's summary:

"There is no problem that a library card can't solve. "

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. "See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much." But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.
Normally at this point I tell you why I wanted to shine the spotlight on today's featured title. But for The Weird Sisters, let me say simply that I loved the characters and their family, I loved that Shakespeare has an answer to everything, and I loved how quickly and solidly I got lost in story. Even if you've never read the Bard, you'll be able to relate to the Andreas family. As I wrote in my review, Brown "has beautifully captured sibling relationships [and] has also created an authentic picture of the confusing, conflicting years of young adulthood."

Apparently I'm not the only one recommending The Weird Sisters because yesterday author Eleanor Brown announced some exciting statistics on Twitter, among them were
  • #15 on the New York Times Best Sellers List
  • #15 on on the IndieBound Indie Bestsellers List
  • #9 on the New England Indie Bestseller List
And here are some thoughts from reviewers:
  • The Miami Herald concludes: "That’s Brown’s great gift: She draws you in and makes you believe her weird sisters aren’t so weird after all."
  • Norah Piehl, writing for the Bookreporter.com said: "The Weird Sisters is both a loving portrait of a family of inveterate readers and a complicated inquiry into the nature of fate and the bonds of family."
  • Jenn of Jenn's Bookshelves assures readers: "Even if you don’t have a sister, if you are a single child, I guarantee you will learn something from this stunning debut."
The Weird Sisters was an Indie Next pick for February 2011. To learn more about Eleanor Brown, visit her blog or website. She is also one of the 2011 featured authors on the Debutante Ball Blog, where she writes a weekly post.

Amy Einhorn Books is a featured imprint on Beth Fish Reads. For more information about the imprint, please read Amy Einhorn's open letter posted here on January 25, 2010, or click the Amy Einhorn tab below my banner photo. To join the Amy Einhorn Books Reading Challenge, click the link.

The Weird Sisters at an Indie

Published by Putnam / Amy Einhorn Books, January 2011
ISBN-13: 9780399157226

19 comments:

Vivienne 2/11/11, 7:30 AM  

Those are some terrific stats going on there. I can't wait to read my copy.

Sarah 2/11/11, 7:49 AM  

This book really sounds interesting. I'll have to see about getting it:)

Sandy Nawrot 2/11/11, 8:11 AM  

You can't really argue with all that love, can you? I'm on hold for this one on audio at the library. I can't wait!

Lynne Perednia 2/11/11, 9:11 AM  

Eleanor's novel is truly as good as all the reviews say it is. I loved it and enjoyed writing a glowing review as well.

Dorte H 2/11/11, 10:56 AM  

Oh, why will bloggers spoil my book bying ban ;)

marthalama 2/11/11, 11:54 AM  

I'm reading this right now and I'm amazed I've left it to come read my blogs. I'm loving it, just loving it. As a matter of fact I think I'm heading back to read it now.

bermudaonion 2/11/11, 1:29 PM  

I'm so excite about all the buzz for this book!

Rachel 2/11/11, 2:27 PM  

I'm almost done with it - I love it - it's very hard to put down at night so I can go to sleep!

Robin McCormack 2/11/11, 8:41 PM  

I just downloaded it to my nook. Look forward to reading it.

Peaceful Reader 2/11/11, 10:34 PM  

I loved the quote. Another one to add to my list. Thank you.

Ms. Dawn 2/11/11, 11:11 PM  

Pretty sure I started hearing about this book 2 weeks ago and have heard nothing but positive every day since. MUST get this book!

Kitchen cabinets 2/12/11, 7:10 AM  

I'm fond of collecting quotes ,so your blog would definitely a treat for me.

Margot 2/12/11, 11:45 AM  

I'm excited about reading this one too. I'll read it because it's an Amy Einhorn but I'll grab it because all my book loving friends like it so much.

Jackie 2/12/11, 1:55 PM  

I finished it at Midnight! loved it! so smart,witty and brilliant! I now need to go back and write down some of my favorite lines!

Jenners 2/12/11, 9:58 PM  

I've been hearing such good stuff about this book. I think it is going to be an "it" book this year.

Beth Kephart 2/14/11, 7:59 AM  

This has become a must!

kay - Infinite Shelf 2/14/11, 2:14 PM  

I keep reading fabulous things on this book, I really need to read it!

Jenn's Bookshelves 2/16/11, 9:36 AM  

Thanks for the mention! Months after reading this book, I continue to hold a place for the characters, near & dear to my heart. I've recommended it to countless people, hoping they love it as much as I do!

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