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The Wednesday Sisters – Book Review

It had to do with knowing we were opening ourselves up, cutting ourselves open at our guts and letting the others see inside us in ways we couldn’t even see ourselves. It had to do with beginning to imagine opening ourselves up not only to each other, but also to the whole world. Because wasn’t that what we were hoping? That someday the things we’d squirreled away behind our little white gloves would be right out there on the bookshelves for anyone to see, our souls so pitifully disguised by our tortured prose? -From The Wednesday Sisters, page 82-

Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett and Ally meet each Wednesday in a park near Ally and Frankie’s home. It is there they talk about raising children and being married, until one day, Linda – honest and direct – pushes them to write, and thus begins the Wednesday Sister’s writing group…a place where each woman will discover exactly who she is and what she wants.

The Wednesday Sisters is set in the late 60’s – on the cusp of the woman’s movement, in the middle of the civil rights movement, and during a time when traditional values began to be challenged. Meg Waite Clayton has given us five women, all different and yet similar…women with their own dreams, aspirations, doubts, and fears. Together they demonstrate what is best about women’s friendships – gentle support, cutting honesty, and fierce loyalty. It is a time of growth, not only for the country, but for these women who have set aside their own dreams to support the dreams of their husbands, but who now want something for themselves. Along their journey the reader witnesses their struggles and sadnesses, along with their joy.

I found myself unable to stop reading this engaging novel. So much about The Wednesday Sisters rang true to me. I loved how Clayton captured the frustration and exhilaration of writing, the fear and desire to share what one has written, and the joy of being part of a writer’s group. I could relate to Ally’s fears of never having a child, Linda’s drive to change the world, Frankie’s fear of rejection, Kath’s pain of a failed relationship, and Brett’s secrets which she covers with her white gloves. Clayton has done something amazing with her cast of characters – she has encapsulated women at their best and worst, with all their shortcomings and strengths…and has given us a novel with which women will identify. At the end of this novel, I did something I rarely do – I sobbed.  Not because of sadness, but because I felt touched by the lives of these women.

The Wednesday Sisters is a must read for women. Highly recommended.

14 Comments

  1. June 10, 2008    

    I will definitely be adding this to my wish list – thanks for the review.

  2. June 10, 2008    

    So glad you liked this one! Hope to get to it soon!

  3. June 10, 2008    

    Hope you both will love it as I did!

  4. June 10, 2008    

    I have seen so many good review of this book, it’s definitely moved to the top of my list!

  5. June 11, 2008    

    RR: I’ll look forward to reading your review. I think most women will like this book – it is so appealing (especially women over the age of 30)

  6. June 11, 2008    

    I cannot wait to read this book and your review of it was fantastic. I love a book that can touch you so much that you are moved to tears. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. 🙂

  7. June 11, 2008    

    Wendy, let’s have a heart to heart.

    You really need to quit adding books to my TBR. Since we both admit we have a problem, maybe we should see if Betty Ford could help us out. LOL!

  8. June 12, 2008    

    Great review! I can’t wait to read this book! It’s sitting on my nightstand waiting it’s turn. I’m still slogging through a couple books I’m committed to reviewing.

    Meg Waite Clayton wrote a guest post on my blog about her book club, The (real) Wednesday Sisters! Click here to check it out:

    lisamm.wordpress.com/2008/06/13/guest-post-the-wednesday-sisters-book-group-by-meg-waite-clayton/

  9. June 13, 2008    

    Lisa: I love when a book can make me cry too 🙂

    Teddy: LOL – I’m not sure I can be helped…I think it is required that you have to want to change first!!

    Lisamm: Thanks for stopping by! I will drop over to your blog and check out the post…thanks for the heads up.

  10. June 13, 2008    

    I’ve got this book on hold at the library-just waiting for them to get it in. After reading your review I’m really anxious to read it-great review!

  11. June 14, 2008    

    Wow. It sounds intriguing. Thanks for the review!

  12. June 14, 2008    

    Darlene: I hope you love it as much as I did! Come back and let me know!

    Carrie: You’re welcome 🙂

  13. Jill Jill
    June 20, 2008    

    Check out my review of this book at http://www.breakingthespine.blogspot.com

  14. June 22, 2008    

    I’m glad you liked the book as much as I did. 🙂

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