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Sisterland - Curtis Sittenfeld Sisterland is a fascinating story about love, science, and the paranomal. Twins Daisy and Violet have drastically different comfort levels with their psychic abilities. Vi embraced her gifts and gained minor notoriety as a psychic. Daisy chose a more pedestrian path. Now known as Kate -- her middle name -- she married a scientist who regards his wife's confessions of past psychic visions with bemusement.But when Vi publicly predicts that a devastating earthquake will strike and is swept into an ever-escalating media circus, Kate must come to terms with some difficult truths about herself, such as her experience helping Vi locate a kidnapped boy years before, and her deepest feelings about her psychic gifts. Is Vi a visionary or a dangerous, self-deluded charlatan? Was Kate right to try to suppress her psychic abilities, or in doing so is she denying an important part of herself?The story intertwines domestic tensions -- Kate's husband's career ambitions and her frustrations as a stay-at-home mom, the contrast between Kate's conventional married life and Vi's sudden decision to date women -- with conflicts between science and intuition. Kate, Vi, and Kate's friend Hank, a stay-at-home dad, are in the artistic/intuitive camp, while Kate's husband and Hank's wife are rational scientists and colleagues. As Vi makes the morning talk show circuit, the scientists insist that Vi is absolutely, positively, even dangerously wrong. Tension rises as the predicted date of the earthquake draws near. While the story's climactic event was definitely melodramatic, it was also perfectly set up by everything that preceded it and served to force most of the characters to confront their differing ideas about the limits of love, faith, and science.