Contemporary family drama is not often my first choice of genre, but I loved The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown. This novel is about three sisters who at around age 30 all end up back at their parents’ house in a small college town when their mother is diagnosed with cancer. They each come back with secrets and pain and the novel tells the story of how they face those things. But this description of the plot-line doesn’t do the book justice: the writing is what makes it top-notch instead of just your average family drama. The story is told in the first person plural (i.e. “we”), from the perspective of all three of the sisters. This is an usual perspective and I can only imagine must be tricky to get right, but it is very effective. Additionally, the author clearly must be an astute observer of people, because she describes their movements and actions so well. I could really picture all of the characters as live people and each was so distinct. Another reason I enjoyed the book so much is that the author managed to transcend the particulars of the characters’ personalities and behaviors to convey some underlying common human experiences. I am do not have much in common with the three sisters (other than age), but I still felt as if I could relate to them in some way. Finally, the sisters are from a family of readers (their father is a Shakespearean scholar) and I loved all the references to the way in which reading was simply a way of life for them. In case you can’t tell by now, I highly recommend The Weird Sisters!