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The Wednesday Sisters

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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.

Review:

"Richly intelligent, deeply felt and incandescently original, Clayton's book is a rhapsodic story of female friendship set against wildly changing times and mores. Not only is the book heartbreaking, funny, and undeniably smart, but truly, this is the kind of book you don't just want to pass on to all your friends. You have to." Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls in Trouble

Review:

"I simply could not put down The Wednesday Sisters. I gave my heart to Meg Clayton's vivid characters, and I read their intertwined stories breathlessly. Move over, Ya-Ya sisters!" Amanda Eyre Ward, author of How to Be Lost

Review:

"Long before there were book clubs and play dates, there were the Wednesday Sisters — a group of women whose shared love of literature transported them above the pains and pitfalls of ordinary life. This book reminded me of why I love to read." Lolly Winston, author of Happiness Sold Separately

Synopsis:

Five women, one passion, and the unbreakable bond of friendship

When five young mothers — Frankie, Linda, Kath, Ally, and Brett-first meet in a neighborhood park in the late 1960s, their conversations center on marriage, raising children, and a shared love of books. Then one evening, as they gather to watch the Miss America Pageant, Linda admits that she aspires to write a novel herself, and the Wednesday Sisters Writing Society is born. The five women slowly, and often reluctantly, start filling journals, sliding pages into typewriters, and sharing their work. In the process, they explore the changing world around them: the Vietnam War, the race to the moon, and a women's movement that challenges everything they believe about themselves. At the same time, the friends carry one another through more personal changes-ones brought about by infidelity, longing, illness, failure, and success. With one another's support and encouragement, the Wednesday Sisters begin to embrace who they are and what they hope to become, welcoming readers to experience, along with them, the power of dreaming big.

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About the Author

Meg Waite Clayton is the author of The Language of Light, a finalist for the Bellwether Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in Runner’s World, Writer’s Digest, and literary magazines. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband and their two sons.

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Paula Skewis, July 30, 2010 (view all comments by Paula Skewis)
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton is a coming of age story of five very different young women in the tumultuos 60's and 70's. Set in Palo Alto CA the story has five very different women as its main characters. They bond over their love of writing and experience many of the joys and heartbreaks of life. The story encompasses the civil rights movement, Vietnam War, mixed marriages, infertility, divorce, breast cancer and the women's movement among its themes. Having grown up during these times I found the story very touching and hard to put down. I was sad when the book ended.
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Mel, June 6, 2009 (view all comments by Mel)
Oh how this book made me want to get serious about my writing! The Wednesday Sisters is one of those books with characters you can easily relate to on some level or another. Despite being a little cliche on some issues (relationships, family, jobs, health) this book is an easy and enjoyable read. I also very much appreciated the "reality" of the changing world in which the ladies lived. The fact that real life historical events (JFK, moon landing, women's lib rallies, etc.) were incorporated made the story that much more engaging
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B&b ex libris, March 1, 2009 (view all comments by B&b ex libris)
Five unlikely women meet at the park, they are all so different, and yet they are all in the same place. They need friends, they need to lean to define themselves for more than just their roles as mother, daughter, wife. The sisters, who are not actually sisters at all, and don't meet on Wednesday anymore, learn though difficulties that their friendship will stand the test of time, hardship and misunderstandings. It takes place in the 60's when women are learning to ask questions, to speak up and to take charge.


I have seen The Wednesday Sisters raved about on blogs over months and months. I can now say that I think every woman should read The Wednesday Sisters. It is not just, "oh, that was a good book, I liked it" it is " I will remember that book for the rest of my life as a powerful portrayal of relationships, love, difficulty and beating the odds". I am so glad I gave it a shot. I cried, laughed, cried, laughed and did it over and over.

Reading the Wednesday Sisters is really more like hanging out with a group of real women, ladies who care about each other, and work through their differences. This book is just a cut above, it is actually the reason I came up with my Happy Chicken award in the first place!! If you have seen this one around, and have been holding out, know that you really are doing yourself a huge disservice.


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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345502834
Author:
Clayton, Meg Waite
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.28x4.98x.69 in. .52 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345502834 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Richly intelligent, deeply felt and incandescently original, Clayton's book is a rhapsodic story of female friendship set against wildly changing times and mores. Not only is the book heartbreaking, funny, and undeniably smart, but truly, this is the kind of book you don't just want to pass on to all your friends. You have to."
"Review" by , "I simply could not put down The Wednesday Sisters. I gave my heart to Meg Clayton's vivid characters, and I read their intertwined stories breathlessly. Move over, Ya-Ya sisters!"
"Review" by , "Long before there were book clubs and play dates, there were the Wednesday Sisters — a group of women whose shared love of literature transported them above the pains and pitfalls of ordinary life. This book reminded me of why I love to read."
"Synopsis" by , Five women, one passion, and the unbreakable bond of friendship

When five young mothers — Frankie, Linda, Kath, Ally, and Brett-first meet in a neighborhood park in the late 1960s, their conversations center on marriage, raising children, and a shared love of books. Then one evening, as they gather to watch the Miss America Pageant, Linda admits that she aspires to write a novel herself, and the Wednesday Sisters Writing Society is born. The five women slowly, and often reluctantly, start filling journals, sliding pages into typewriters, and sharing their work. In the process, they explore the changing world around them: the Vietnam War, the race to the moon, and a women's movement that challenges everything they believe about themselves. At the same time, the friends carry one another through more personal changes-ones brought about by infidelity, longing, illness, failure, and success. With one another's support and encouragement, the Wednesday Sisters begin to embrace who they are and what they hope to become, welcoming readers to experience, along with them, the power of dreaming big.

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