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Curtis Sittenfeld is the bestselling author of the novels "Prep, The Man of My Dreams, " and "American Wife," which have been translated into twenty-five languages. Her nonfiction has been published by "The New York Times, The Atlantic, "Salon, "Allure, "and" Glamour, "and broadcast on public radio s "This American Life." She graduated from Stanford and the Iowa Writer s Workshop."

Reviews

PRAISE FOR CURTIS SITTENFELD

American Wife

"A smart and sophisticated portrait . . . Sittenfeld has an astonishing gift for creating characters that take up residence in readers' heads.""--The Washington Post"
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"A gripping epic of public and private lives . . . a gem.""--Good Housekeeping "
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"The novel is a gift, a sweeping exploration of a woman's odyssey from obscurity to fame and the painful decisions she must make along the way."--"The Miami Herald"

Prep

""Prep" conveys the inner world of an entirely typical teenage girl with remarkable warmth. . . . One of the most tender and accurate portraits of adolescence in recent memory.""--San Francisco Chronicle"
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""Prep" may be as addictive as M&Ms, but it's also a tart and complex tale of social class, race, and gender politics.""--The Boston Globe"

"Hilarious . . . a richly textured narrative.""--The New Yorker"

The Man of My Dreams

"[Sittenfeld] writes with humor, intelligence, insight and heart. She's also as good at sharp social satire as she is at tender mercies.""--The Boston Globe"

"Pure, elegant prose; true, perfect dialogue; and emotion so searing it might just leave a scar.""--The Miami Herald"
PRAISE FOR SISTERLAND
People Magazine, Marie Claire, and Entertainment Weekly's SUMMER "MUST" LIST

"Full of quiet, surprisingly relatable moments, [SISTERLAND] is a thoughtful look at the near-supernatural closeness between sisters, even those who'd rather not know what's going on inside each other's heads...As she did so well in her first novel, "Prep," Sittenfeld richly evokes the daily lives of young women who are trying to figure themselves out...The double-edged connection between the two will ring true to anyone with siblings...Sisterland is a compelling portrait of what it's like to grow up alongside your best--and worst--self. The tragedy for these twins is that they can't always tell the difference between the two." --"Entertainment Weekly"
"In her new novel, the accomplished Sittenfeld is as skillful as ever at developing an intriguing premise and likeable characters...the writing is deft, the people are well-drawn and Sittenfeld's affectionate take on sibling rivalry is spot-on." --"People," 3.5/4 stars
"Sittenfeld gently balances supernatural elements with an insightful portrait of modern domestic life...Sittenfeld's style is clean and fluid, with neither flourishes nor missteps....Novelists get called master storytellers all the time, but Sittenfeld really is one...." --Maggie Shipstead, "Washington Post"
"An ideal beach read...a skilled storyteller...Sittenfeld delivers a well-told, compelling story about characters so real they settle into your psyche like old friends. The relationships between the sisters and between Kate and her husband, Jeremy, feel both loving and realistic. It's a novel about growing up, making big choices and living with mistakes and regrets...a fast, smooth, guilt-free read." --"Associated Press"
"Wise and often wickedly entertaining...Readers who have siblings -- especially women with sisters -- will likely come away feeling as if the author really is psychic, able to learn the'


Praise for "Sisterland"
"Psychologically vivid . . . Sittenfeld's gifts for portraying the inner lives of her heroines [bring "Sisterland"] closer, in terms of emotional chiaroscuro, to two classics about pairs of sisters, "The Old Wives' Tale" by Arnold Bennett and "The Easter Parade" by Richard Yates . . . "Sisterland" is a testament to the author's growing depth and assurance as a writer."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
"Novelists get called master storytellers all the time, but Sittenfeld really is one, a kind of no-nonsense, BabyBjorn-wearing Scheherazade. . . . What might be most strikingly excellent about "Sisterland" is the way Sittenfeld depicts domesticity and motherhood."--Maggie Shipstead, "The Washington Post"
"[Sittenfeld's] gifts are in full effect with this novel, and she uses them to create a genuinely engrossing sense of uncertainty and suspense."--Sloane Crosley, NPR's "All Things Considered"
"In ["Sisterland"]," " the accomplished Sittenfeld . . . is as skillful as ever at developing an intriguing premise and likable characters. . . . Sittenfeld's affectionate take on sibling rivalry is spot-on."--"People"
"The power of [Sittenfeld's] writing and the force of her vision challenge the notion that great fiction must be hard to read. She is a master of dramatic irony, creating fully realized social worlds before laying waste to her heroines' understanding of them. . . . Her prose [is] a rich delight."--"The Boston Globe"
"Wise and often wickedly entertaining . . . Readers who have siblings--especially women with sisters--will likely come away feeling as if the author really is psychic, able to learn the truth of their own dark secrets, and forgive them."--"USA Today"
"Full of quiet, surprisingly relatable moments, ["Sisterland" is] a thoughtful look at the near-supernatural closeness between sisters. . . . As she did so well in her first novel, "Prep, " Sittenfeld richly evokes the
"Psychologically vivid . . . Sittenfeld's gifts for portraying the inner lives of her heroines [bring "Sisterland"] closer, in terms of emotional chiaroscuro, to two classics about pairs of sisters, "The Old Wives' Tale" by Arnold Bennett and "The Easter Parade" by Richard Yates . . . "Sisterland" is a testament to the author's growing depth and assurance as a writer."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
"Novelists get called master storytellers all the time, but Sittenfeld really is one, a kind of no-nonsense, BabyBjOrn-wearing Scheherazade. . . . What might be most strikingly excellent about "Sisterland" is the way Sittenfeld depicts domesticity and motherhood."--Maggie Shipstead, "The Washington Post"
"[Sittenfeld's] gifts are in full effect with this novel, and she uses them to create a genuinely engrossing sense of uncertainty and suspense."--Sloane Crosley, NPR's "All Things Considered"
"In ["Sisterland"]," " the accomplished Sittenfeld . . . is as skillful as ever at developing an intriguing premise and likable characters. . . . Sittenfeld's affectionate take on sibling rivalry is spot-on."--"People"
"The power of [Sittenfeld's] writing and the force of her vision challenge the notion that great fiction must be hard to read. She is a master of dramatic irony, creating fully realized social worlds before laying waste to her heroines' understanding of them. . . . Her prose [is] a rich delight."--"The Boston Globe"
"Wise and often wickedly entertaining . . . Readers who have siblings--especially women with sisters--will likely come away feeling as if the author really is psychic, able to learn the truth of their own dark secrets, and forgive them."--"USA Today"
"Full of quiet, surprisingly relatable moments, ["Sisterland" is] a thoughtful look at the near-supernatural closeness between sisters. . . . As she did so well in her first novel, "Prep, " Sittenfeld richly evokes the daily lives of young women who are trying to figure themselves out. . . . "Sisterland" is a compelling portrait of what it's like to grow up alongside your best--and worst--self."--"Entertainment Weekly"
"Arresting . . . Captivating . . . "Sisterland" is a long story of shake-ups: eerie precognitions, seismic shifts, lapses in fidelity. Like life itself, it graphs both the agonizing longueurs of domestic life and the horrific thrill of sudden disasters. . . . Character is [Sittenfeld's] great strength, and the moral complexity of ordinary life her main subject. . . . "Sisterland" unfolds like a good prophecy--inevitable and shocking."--"San Francisco Chronicle"

"From the Hardcover edition."


Psychologically vivid . . . Sittenfeld s gifts for portraying the inner lives of her heroines [bring "Sisterland"] closer, in terms of emotional chiaroscuro, to two classics about pairs of sisters, "The Old Wives Tale" by Arnold Bennett and "The Easter Parade" by Richard Yates . . . "Sisterland" is a testament to the author s growing depth and assurance as a writer. Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"
Novelists get called master storytellers all the time, but Sittenfeld really is one, a kind of no-nonsense, BabyBjorn-wearing Scheherazade. . . . What might be most strikingly excellent about "Sisterland" is the way Sittenfeld depicts domesticity and motherhood. Maggie Shipstead, "The Washington Post"
[Sittenfeld s] gifts are in full effect with this novel, and she uses them to create a genuinely engrossing sense of uncertainty and suspense. Sloane Crosley, NPR s "All Things Considered"
In ["Sisterland"]," " the accomplished Sittenfeld . . . is as skillful as ever at developing an intriguing premise and likable characters. . . . Sittenfeld s affectionate take on sibling rivalry is spot-on. "People"
The power of [Sittenfeld s] writing and the force of her vision challenge the notion that great fiction must be hard to read. She is a master of dramatic irony, creating fully realized social worlds before laying waste to her heroines understanding of them. . . . Her prose [is] a rich delight. "The Boston Globe"
Wise and often wickedly entertaining . . . Readers who have siblings especially women with sisters will likely come away feeling as if the author really is psychic, able to learn the truth of their own dark secrets, and forgive them. "USA Today"
Full of quiet, surprisingly relatable moments, ["Sisterland" is] a thoughtful look at the near-supernatural closeness between sisters. . . . As she did so well in her first novel, "Prep, " Sittenfeld richly evokes the daily lives of young women who are trying to figure themselves out. . . . "Sisterland" is a compelling portrait of what it s like to grow up alongside your best and worst self. "Entertainment Weekly"
Arresting . . . Captivating . . . "Sisterland" is a long story of shake-ups: eerie precognitions, seismic shifts, lapses in fidelity. Like life itself, it graphs both the agonizing longueurs of domestic life and the horrific thrill of sudden disasters. . . . Character is [Sittenfeld s] great strength, and the moral complexity of ordinary life her main subject. . . . "Sisterland" unfolds like a good prophecy inevitable and shocking. "San Francisco Chronicle"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Delicious insights into sisterhood and motherhood are peppered throughout Sittenfeld's novel about identical twins with ESP. The story, though, isn't as convincing as the twins, who are rendered so vividly that readers would be able to pick them out of a crowd. Kate, a stay-at-home mom in St. Louis, Mo., is embarrassed by her sister Violet, who ekes out a living as a psychic. After a minor earthquake in the area in September 2009, Violet's guiding spirit warns her that a major quake is imminent. When Kate has a premonition that it will occur on October 16, she allows Violet to share the date with the public if she doesn't reveal its source. Kate tells the story in chapters that alternate between timelines, one beginning with the September quake and one beginning when the twins are born. As a narrator, Kate is introspective and mostly honest, but the backstory is weighed down with unnecessary details and crucial questions remain unasked. As the clock ticks toward October 16, Violet attracts widespread media attention and Kate pleads with her husband not to leave her and the twins at home to attend a conference in Colorado. Sittenfeld (American Wife) offers no fresh perspective on ESP or living with giftedness but delivers a rich and intimate tale of imperfect, well-meaning, ordinary people struggling to define themselves and protect the people they love. Agent: Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, WME Entertainment. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Identical twins Kate and Vi (Violet) were born with scattershot psychic abilities. As grown women, living wildly divergent lives in St. Louis, they are inextricably tied to each other in cranky, frustrating, and often combative ways. Narrator Kate has worked hard to mask her "sixth sense" by transforming herself into an ordinary wife to loving, even-keeled husband Jeremy and mother of two adorable kids, but she has enormous insecurities. Kate and Jeremy's neighbors are Courtney (who is also Jeremy's colleague) and her stay-at-home husband Hank, who is Kate's best friend. Vi is an exuberant, self-centered self-promoter who gives psychic readings for a living. When an earthquake rattles St. Louis in September 2009, Vi's prediction that a much bigger one is on the way gains national traction, setting off a media circus and geographic panic. As well, Kate's reluctant, growing involvement in Vi's life leads to a shocking, seismic disruption on her home front. VERDICT Any one of the many themes in this latest novel from Sittenfeld (Prep and American Wife) would make for a riveting story. The author turns conventions on their collective head and creates a world that is familiar, maddening, alluring, and, ultimately, guardedly hopeful.-Beth Andersen, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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