It's a testament to good writing when I enjoy a book despite not caring for its main characters. Identical twins Kate and Violet are an anxious stay-at-home-mom and a thoughtless free spirit, respectively. In addition to looking alike, they also share what they call "senses" or ESP. Married sister Kate has renounced hers, but Violet has gone pro with her gift and publicly predicts an earthquake will hit St. Louis (where they live).
The story is told from Kate's perspective, mostly at the time of the prediction but with flashbacks to fill in the story and ends a few years later. I like when an author doesn't leave you hanging. Sittenfeld's depiction of the twin relationship seems true from what I've observed my the identicals I know best, though my pair's worldview is a lot more similar than Kate and Violet's. My identicals are also a lot funnier. Hi Emily and Kate!