A New York Times Bestseller An Indie Next Pick Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew early on that they were unlike everyone else. Born with innate psychic abilities, Vi embraced them while Kate did her best to hide them. Years later, their paths converge back in their hometown of St. Louis. When a minor earthquake hits, Vi, now a psychic medium, goes on television to predict a devastating quake will follow. Kate, a suburban mom, is mortified — and afraid she is right.
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, July 2013: After tackling east coast prep school and the life of a first lady in previous works, writing about twin sisters with ESP might seem like a strange move for Curtis Sittenfeld. But Sisterland is not a book about what it means to live with psychic powers. Rather, it’s a deeply emotional study of two closely-linked siblings who share many similarities but ultimately choose different paths in life. Having grown up with a mild form of ESP—what they call “senses”—the twins are confronted with how to deal with their powers. One chooses to “go straight” and become a suburban housewife and mother, while the other sister drops out of college to become a medium. The ESP part is not overplayed, and the story bears all the hallmarks of Sittenfeld’s other novels: an exploration of adolescence and the choices that people make, expertly drawn inner monologues, an artist’s complete grasp of the little moments in life. This is a unique—and at times pitch perfect—take on family, loyalty, and how people deal with the vapor trails left by childhood. -- Chris Schluep