Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Beginning: The Weird Sisters


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

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We came home because we were failures.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. That's a great first sentence to kick off this story about three adult sisters moving back to their family home in Ohio.


  1. I enjoyed The Weird Sisters...thanks for sharing.

  2. That is a great first sentence, thanks for sharing!

  3. Great opening. I've been wanting to read this one for a while. Hope you enjoy it.

  4. That definitely is a killer line! I've been fascinated by Shakespeare's Wyrd Sisters since the first time I read Macbeth. I apologise but I have to bring out my medieval English nerd-knowledge for a second! Do you know why they're called the wyrd sisters? Not because they're weird (in the modern way) but because the Old English word 'wyrd' means destiny and fate. So I'm actually really intrigued to read your book now, to see how it deals with these sisters' destinies now that they have moved back home! Thanks for sharing and for hosting :D I hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. Hi Gilion,

    What a great, no nonsense, opening line.

    If the rest of the book held such uncompromising language as the back-drop to an intriguing sounding storyline, then that would be great. However, reviews and ratings I have read, have been a little mixed, with many saying that there is simply too much unnecessary quoting from Shakespeare, which rather spoiled their reading enjoyment.

    There was also another line from the book, which appears in many premise quotes and which might yet sway me to add this one to my list ...

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

    I shall be interested in what you think of this one, thanks for sharing and hosting BBOF :)


  6. I think my daughter thought she was a failure when she came home. Then we had to build up her self-esteem for a year. Ugh.

  7. Ha! I love it and can so relate!


  8. That is a great first sentence. Enjoy!

  9. I adored Light of Paris by her and have been wanting to read this one. What a first line!

  10. Love the first line...kinda matches the feelings I have about the title. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  11. The title of the book alone sounds like my sisters and me. ;-) I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine . . .

  12. Ohhh....I really liked this book.

    I read it and reviewed it way back in 2010 or 2011.

    So glad you are reading it.


    Have a wonderful day!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  13. I do like this book so far (about halfway through), except for the odd, sort-of-first person narrative voice. The narrator uses "we" and "our" -- "our mother," "we came home," -- as if the narrator is one of the three sisters, but there is never an "I" in there. So the narrator never says, "I got in the car," or "my two sisters and I sat with our mother."

    And details about all three sisters are given in third person: Rose poured tea; Bianca went for a run; Cordelia read a book.

    So its a strange cross between first person and third person narration that I've never encountered before. It's a little distracting.

  14. The Weird Sisters is on The Bestseller Code challenge list we're reading next year. When I read it I will look for the first person plural narrator voice. Sounds original. Thank you for pointing it out.


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