These days it’s harder and harder to discover a new author. Independent bookstores are closing and finding a new treasure in the big box stores can be like finding a needle in a haystack.  Well, Midtown Review is here to help with our new Debut Spotlight. Today’s selection is THE WEIRD SISTERS by Eleanor Brown coming January 20, 2011 from Penguin.

Here’s a Brief Synopsis:
The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other. We just don’t happen to like each other very much. But the sisters soon discover that everything they’ve been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.

The Reviewers say:

“…bright, literate debut…a punchy delight…” Publishers Weekly

“…lovely debut…creative and original…” Library Journal

“Here’s what I adored about this book: the first person plural narrative voice (I can still hear it in my head), its realistic take on the pleasures and pangs of sisterly relationships, and a cast of complex, three dimensional characters who love reading but find that real life sometimes doesn’t fit neatly – or can’t be solved – within the pages of a novel.”

—Nancy Pearl, author of Book Lust and Book Lust to Go

“Brown writes with authority and affection both for her characters and the family hometown of Barnwell, a place that almost becomes another character in the story. There are no false steps in this debut novel: the humor, lyricism, and realism characterizing this lovely book will appeal to fans of good modern fiction as well as stories of family and of the Midwest.”

— Ellen Loughran, Booklist

All things Eleanor:
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— Dana Barrett, Editor