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The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (Putnam/Amy Einhorn Books, $25)
Good writers know the rule of threes, and Eleanor Brown is a very good writer. In her debut novel, she conjures up a trio of sisters named after Shakespeare characters whose lives, like Shakespearean works, contain both comedy and tragedy. Responsible Rose is resisting her fiancé’s desire to move from the college town where she was raised. Nomadic Cordy finds herself accidentally pregnant. And Bean gets caught filching money from her employer to fund a lavish-yet-empty life in New York City. All three gather when their mother falls ill. Brown captures the insular nature of college towns and the intensity of the ties that bind sisters. Yes, the Andreas sisters are a little weird (the title is a reference to Macbeth), but they’re also wonderful.