Deleted de Saint-Sulpice-de-Mareuil, France
grand mystère de fiction historique ...
This is one of those books that I would rather rate 3.5. The allusion here is to Shakespeare, and the three sisters are Rose (Rosalind), Bean, (Bianca), and Cordy (Cordelia), daughters of a Shakespeare professor at a small Ohio college, Barnwell, now all aged on either side of thirty. Rose has never left home, mostly feeling responsibility for her parents; Bean is just come home, having been found out as a thief from the company payroll, and having lived far too high and promiscuous a life; and Cordy has just come home from several years in hippie existence, now pregnant, but still the family favorite. The three names are well-chosen, and speak directly to the characters - Rose really needs to go out and spend a fun year in the forest of Arden, not being responsible for anything but her own happiness, perhaps building a life with her fiance; Bean is as vacuous and materialistic as Bianca, and needs to value herself; and Cordy does rise to the occasion to manage her aging parents, particularly her mother, whose breast cancer is bringing the family together. I liked and did not like this book. The characters are constantly quoting Shakespeare to each other, which I liked but I wish I had known more of the specific play sources. The characteristics of the sisters are described over and over - the plot should have moved on a lot sooner, as it was not necessary to recharacterize them so many times. Ultimately this book reminds me more of Little Women than anything from Shakespeare, but that may be simply because LW seems to be the ultimate story of sisters without brothers. One device that I liked a lot was the use of a "we" first person for the narrative, with we being the sisters collectively, or the other two, when describing one sister. Hard to describe, but that worked well.
excellent story, hard to put down