Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel Sisterland explores what happens when 2 people, who are closer than anyone at birth, grow apart and then towards each other again. How can we love someone who represents everything that we hated about ourself and our past? Twins, Daisy and Violet Shramm, were born into a dysfunctional family where their mom holed up everyday until making an entrance at dinnertime, where dinner miraculously appeared through no effort of her own. And a father who didn’t discuss life with his family and never wondered who prepared every dinner that he enjoyed, but battled on loving them for who they are. A life and family that Daisy wanted to leave behind when she went to college, even leaving her carefree name Daisy behind for her solid and trustworthy middle name Kate.
Kate tries to hide from her past, but living in a small city with a twin sister who flamboyantly, psychically goes on air to announce an impending catastrophic earthquake in the St Louis area means that she must confront the things she likes least about herself. The choices she’s made earned her a stable life, but blood is thicker than water and Kate gets wrapped up in the drama Violet unleashes.
Sittenfeld uses the sisters’s decisions and deceptions to drive the plot forcing them to rekindle a closeness that they haven’t felt in years. But this book is more than the bonds of sisters. Its about hiding who we are and life or fate keeps trying to let the truth free. How can we be in an honest relationship if we’re not honest with ourself. The story unfolded seamlessly and I was caught on every work.
Read March 2014.