Two weeks ago, Penguin announced the first official Twitter book club, a new initiative born from the company’s search for new ways to interact with their fans. As with traditional book clubs, Penguin will choose a different book written by a Penguin author each month and tweet out the date and time for the discussion, which can be followed at the hashtag #readpenguin. The author will also sit in on the chat when possible.
The first selection for the club was The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. I was extremely excited because I’ve heard wonderful things about this book, and Eleanor is an avid Twitter user (follow her @eleanorwrites), so I knew she’d be involved in the discussion. Penguin was kind enough to send me a copy of the gorgeous, newly released paperback, so when it arrived, I got cracking right away and finished the section we were going to discuss just in time for the meeting.
First, a synopsis from the lovely folks at Penguin:
Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion (there is no problem a library card can’t solve) and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard’s heroines. It’s a lot to live up to.
The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents’ frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them…
Second, I finished this over the weekend and loved it so much! It’s an incredible and beautifully written story of sisterhood, the power of reading, and of growing up, and it quickly earned a place in my “favorite books” category.
Now, the discussion.
NOTE: SPOILERS UNDER THE TAG!