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July 31, 2013

Book Club: The Wednesday Sisters

For July, my book club decided that a lighter read would be preferred after coming out of the massive, and deeply historical Pope Joan.
The Wednesday Sisters has been on our 'to-read' list for a while.

Friendship, loyalty, and love lie at the heart of Meg Waite Clayton’s beautifully written, poignant, and sweeping novel of five women who, over the course of four decades, come to redefine what it means to be family.

For thirty-five years, Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett, and Ally have met every Wednesday at the park near their homes in Palo Alto, California. Defined when they first meet by what their husbands do, the young homemakers and mothers are far removed from the Summer of Love that has enveloped most of the Bay Area in 1967. These “Wednesday Sisters” seem to have little in common: Frankie is a timid transplant from Chicago, brutally blunt Linda is a remarkable athlete, Kath is a Kentucky debutante, quiet Ally has a secret, and quirky, ultra-intelligent Brett wears little white gloves with her miniskirts. But they are bonded by a shared love of both literature—Fitzgerald, Eliot, Austen, du Maurier, Plath, and Dickens–and the Miss America Pageant, which they watch together every year.

As the years roll on and their children grow, the quintet forms a writers circle to express their hopes and dreams through poems, stories, and, eventually, books. Along the way, they experience history in the making: Vietnam, the race for the moon, and a women’s movement that challenges everything they have ever thought about themselves, while at the same time supporting one another through changes in their personal lives brought on by infidelity, longing, illness, failure, and success.

Humorous and moving, The Wednesday Sisters is a literary feast for book lovers that earns a place among those popular works that honor the joyful, mysterious, unbreakable bonds between friends.

My Opinion:
I found the book to be an easy read.
The best part about The Wednesday Sisters is how 'real' the characters and relationships were.
I felt as if each situation or event was something that could, or has, happened to women I know and love.  

There was nothing that I really disliked about the book. It was a bit slow somewhere in the middle, but other than that I thought it was fine. It was by no means, a monumental life changing read.
I liked it.
It was a feel good kind of book.


Kacie said...

Since college I've taken a break from heavy literature and decided to fill my list with lighthearted reads. I'll have to add this on. I'm always a sucker for kitschy friendships.

Darby Hawley said...

I thought this was a nice easy read too!