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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Annie Dillard
Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories
Karen Russell
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Claire North
Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them
Joshua Greene
The Wisdom Of The Myths: How Greek Mythology Can Change Your Life
Luc Ferry

The Weird Sisters

The Weird Sisters - Eleanor Brown Skillfully crafted but no spark, no heart. The author mathematically avoids saying anything (2/3 sisters need to come home, 1/3 sisters needs to leave, 2/3 sisters need men, 1/3 needs to stop relying on men, ect). The result is a book that is an A+ exercise in setting up problems based on well-defined characters, and working through their problems to a cheerful finish. But it feels like an exercise, not an adventure. Conflict is present, but tepid. The only thing that makes these characters special is growing up in a house where the father loves Shakespeare. Not enough spark to sustain a whole novel.