A Review of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Latest

SISTERLAND, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Two sisters, just a little closer than most

My second review in a row of a novel written by a woman with a man’s name (the last was BIG BROTHER, by Lionel Shriver.  Though, as I mention in the review, I did read Sittenfeld’s last book, American Wife, not-so-loosely based on the life of Laura Bush (an interesting assignment to give oneself as a writer), I haven’t read her other big book, Prep, which a number of my students have talked about in their papers on craft, particularly on a frequent topic, writing about adolescents (how, for instance, to convey a teenager’s reality and understanding while also communicating what’s beyond the kid’s ken).



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