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The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss
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Sep 06, 2022 | ISBN 9781984801562

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“Elizabeth Weiss’s debut novel, The Sisters Sweet, is an elegant, immersive family saga set within the duplicitous culture of early-20th-century vaudeville. . . . An intimate exploration of sisterhood, identity, ambition and betrayal. It forces us to ask who we are if the very thing that should make us unique—our face—is shared by another who takes it and becomes famous in the process. The novel does a fine job of answering that question and gives us plenty of surprises along the way.”The New York Times

“Weiss’s writing is flawless.”Pioneer Press

“A fascinating coming-of-age novel . . . The Sisters Sweet is fiendishly well imagined, a powerful family story about selfishness and duty, sacrifice and freedom.”The StarTribune

“A winning debut that breathes life into the vaudeville circuit.”Toronto Star

The Sisters Sweet is a beautifully written and carefully constructed novel, full of insight and compassion. . . . Elizabeth Weiss is a writer to watch for.”—Seattle Book Review

“Beautifully written, immersive . . . The Sisters Sweet is a story about family and sisterhood, about talent, about hardship and hard choices, and Weiss is a talented writer, evoking time and place seemingly effortlessly.”Historical Novel Society

The Sisters Sweet will charm you into another world. Weiss has conjured a lost America with wit, sorrow, and beauty—a book like a favorite old movie.”—Andrew Sean Greer, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Less

“At once intimate and epic, The Sisters Sweet is an ambitious, intricately constructed, and immensely satisfying story about a family of performers—both onstage and off. This is a deeply immersive novel about the lives—and aspirations—of women. I loved it.”—Karen Thompson Walker, author of The Dreamers

The Sisters Sweet is both cinematic and humane, an expansive and gorgeously written tale of a family that’s at once spectacularly offbeat and fundamentally human.”—Claire Lombardo, author of The Most Fun We Ever Had

“Imaginative . . . Weiss explores the intriguing theme of a woman understood only in relation to others. . . . [T]here are plenty of rich details, and each scene is well drawn. Weiss is clearly talented.—Publishers Weekly
“[A]stute and descriptive narration . . . Readers who enjoy bittersweet, coming-of-age stories like Anna Quindlen’s Miller’s Valley or The Distance Home by Paula Saunders will root for Harriet.”Booklist
“Interesting characters and rich period setting . . . a promising debut.”Kirkus

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