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Since Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of some of my favorite books (Prep, American Wife), I admit that I had unreasonably high expectations for her new novel, Sisterland. Accordingly, it wouldn't be fair to say Sisterland is a disappointment; rather, Sisterland is a good Curtis Sittenfeld book, just not a great one. Kate and Vi are identical twins with psychic tendencies that have led them in different directions: whereas Vi embraced her powers, Kate has done her best to suppress them and live a normal life as a suburban wife and mother. When Vi publicly predicts that a major earthquake will soon strike St. Louis, the sisters' hometown, Kate must grapple with her loyalties to her sister and family, as well as the ability she and Vi share. As with her other novels, Sittenfeld proves an able chronicler of everyday life and creates characters whose thoughts and feelings seem genuine and relatable, even if their immediate circumstances are not. For me, the difference here between Sisterland and Sittenfeld's other novels is that Sisterland never fully transcends its premise to say something meaningful about our own experience. While I enjoyed following the characters and the world Sittenfeld created, I missed that moment of recognition I get in her best books that speaks to something universal and true and strikes a chord that makes me return again and again. Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library Card Catalog