Ever since I studied it at school, Macbeth has been the only Shakespeare play that I’ve felt I can get on with, (not that I’ve given his others much of a chance) and the three weird sisters were immediately my favourite characters. That’s why I was slightly reluctant to read this book, I didn’t want my idea of them to be turned into something sappy.
The plot of Eleanor Brown’s novel isn’t particularly original; three very different sisters at different ends of the USA come back to their family home to sort out their problems. The characters also aren’t anything special; Rosalind is the sensible/boring one, Bianca is the sexy/slutty one and Cordelia is the baby of the family. It’s obvious from the start where they are all going to end up, so this isn’t exactly a book that will keep you interested if you have better things to read.
Don’t be put off too quickly though! The Weird Sisters does have a lot going for it. To start with, the references to Shakespeare are a nice touch. The sisters are constantly quoting him – a habit they got from their dad, who is Shakespeare obsessed (in case you couldn’t tell by the names he gave his daughters). I can’t call myself a big fan of Shakespeare (even if I do like Macbeth!) and I think a book like this could be a way of introducing his work to people who are daunted by the idea of his plays.
Another unusual thing about this book, is the fact that it is written in first person plural, which I have never seen before. It’s an interesting idea!
This isn’t a book that I would recommend to everyone (a die hard Shakespeare fan would probably find it a bit ‘fluffy’) but it’s a nice, relaxing read when you don’t want to put too much effort into it!