Sisterland: February book of the month
Following the international success of her two previous bestsellers Prep and American Wife, Curtis Sittenfeld has been called the new Donna Tartt, the new Anne Tyler and the new Alice Munro (her own favourite writer).
All of them share the magical touch of making ordinary life seem extraordinary, but what sets Sittenfeld apart is her lightness of touch and affectionate humour. Her latest novel, Sisterland, is about a pair of twins, Violet and Kate, who both have psychic visions, or 'the senses' as they call them.
As they grow up in their suburban, dysfunctional household, it becomes clear that Violet is going to be Bad Twin (drops out of school, can't maintain a relationship, embraces her ESP with relish) and Kate the Good Twin (gets married, has two children, completely denies her psychic powers in the hope of a 'normal' life). But when Vi predicts a giant earthquake will hit their town, the resulting publicity and fame forces both sisters to reconsider their attitudes.
Vi is a brilliant character – funny, crazy, flaky. Kate's struggle with the daily joys and anxieties of motherhood and marriage is expertly observed. And over all this runs the ticking time-bomb of Vi's prediction and whether the earthquake will actually happen…
A clever combination of the paranormal and the everyday ultra-normal, this is a wise and highly enjoyable read from an author we might call the new Kate Atkinson.
About the author
Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of bestselling novels American Wife, Prep, and The Man of My Dreams, which have been translated into 25 languages. Prep was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of 2005 by The New York Times, and American Wife was chosen as one of the 10 Best Books of 2008 by Time, People, and Entertainment Weekly; both were nominated for the UK's Orange Prize. Curtis' non-fiction has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Salon, Slate, Glamour. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she lives in St. Louis with her husband and their two children. You can find out more, including about her journalism, on Curtis' highly informative website.
Random House have 50 copies of Sisterland to give to Mumsnetters - to claim yours please fill in your details below. We'll post on the thread once all the copies have gone. If you're not lucky enough to bag one of the free books you can always buy a paperback or kindle version.
This giveaway closes 10am, Tuesday 21 January.
We are thrilled that Curtis will be joining us and answering questions about Sisterland, her writing career and her previous novels on Tuesday 4 March 9-10pm. So please feel free to discuss the book here throughout the month, pop up any advance questions and we will see you all on Tuesday 4 March.