NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERBONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Meg Waite Clayton s The Wednesday Daughters 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, KathNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERBONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Meg Waite Clayton s The Wednesday Daughters 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.
The Wednesday Sisters NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERBONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Meg Waite Clayton s The Wednesday Daughters Friendship loyalty and love lie at the heart of Meg Waite Clayton s beautifully writt
Here s what I believe we need The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton.Clayton s stories will help third and fourth wave feminists avoid political matricide The pungent stench of fear and powerlessness that Clayton s characters face at critical junctures in their lives are in a large part history because of the work of second wave feminists.I offer the following in a desperate attempt to convince high school and college aged women to read this scandalous book With their mothers And their grand [...]
I came away from this book missing my friends great group of girlfriends I left behind in California The ones who support me and encourage mee ones I used to meet for coffee so we could discuss everything we needed to without the guys around This book showed how easy it is for women to find some kind of common ground to bind them together The women in this novel hadn t known each other forever when they met for the first time but by the end of the book they had become sisters in every sense of t [...]
I really liked this book It made me think of my best friends and the bond of friendship among women Meg captures all of that beautifully The other thing I really appreciated about this book is it wasn t a male bashing woman s power sort of book There are good men in it, great men and a crappy man I am so sick of books that make women perfect and men the root of all evil Loved that.
When I read the teaser on the inside jacket of this book, I thought I was about to embark on the great story of five women writers in the late 1960 s and early 70s What I got instead was five paper doll cut outs that were passed off as characters that were barely distinguishable from the next one as they crowded around their picnic bench talking about how nice their writing was while a housekeeper watched their passel of children for 1.60 an hour All of the characters were flat Two of these wome [...]
I wanted to like this book It seemed to have all the ingredients that would attract someone like me the book primarily takes place from 1967 1975 and I graduated from high school in 1970 the women meet to encourage each others writing efforts and become friends in the process and there is a lot in here about women juggling children, marriage and sometimes a career But this was not a sweeping novel of five women s lives The later years are rushed through and tacked on at the end The women never s [...]
I hated that the author spanned nearly 10 years presumably to fit in historically significant events Unfortunately, I read The Help before reading this and loved how that author treated some of the same theme in a compelling way I struggled to find a theme I could latch on to and rally for in The Wednesday Sisters, and I suppose it s supposed to be feminism and sisterhood I just wasn t feeling it I might have loved the story if it wasn t written solely from Frannie s point of view if each of t [...]
They re not sisters and they don t meet on Wednesdays, not any The Wednesday SistersFrankie, Allie, Linda, Kath and Brette five women who meet in the park in 1968 Strong, smart and talented, they grew up in the 1950s when women became wives and mothers, not realizing it was possible to do anything else In the following decades, the women continue to meet and realize that they each have an interest in writing They become a writing group, reading, critiquing and supporting each other s work Throug [...]
What drew me to this book was that I had read it was set in Palo Alto, California, my old stomping grounds It was fun to read about familiar places Stanford University, Stanford Mall, University Avenue, Winchester Mystery House, the Linear Accelerator, etc and even Menlo Park, my home townThe story is about 5 young mothers who meet in a park in the late sixties They discover their shared love for reading and writing They decide to meet once a week in the park to read and critique each other s wr [...]
Another half star would really make sense for this weighty book about the friendship of a group of women who met randomly It tells of their lives and lives and true passion, writing Lovely.
I liked this book as a quick beach read There is no plot to this story it reads as of a memoir style book It had enough references to past pop culture to make it relevant to me, but didn t get bogged down in them which kept the story moving along However, I thought the character were unevenly developed Revealing in some areas, but then not in others really, it took 8 years of friendship for Brett to reveal her glove secret And really, none of her supposed friends would know or ask before 8 year [...]
The Wednesday Sisters should be my kind of book It s all about a group of women who meet regularly to critique each other s writing Sounds like something I would love doesn t it Well unfortuntately reading about writing is really dull This book also seemed to strive too hard to become either a record of the feminist movement or a revival of it I couldn t really tell which but either way the reader was beat over the head with the tenets of feminism in just about every chapter The writer also stuf [...]
The Wednesday Sisters recounts a friendship among five women who live in California during a pivotal time in American history Their common bond is a love of books, which eventually turns them in the direction of becoming writers themselves I loved the references to books that I also found enthralling The novel traces their individual challenges that include infidelity, inter racial marriage, cancer, infertility issues and assorted insecurities The sense of the women s movement is strongly reflec [...]
This book appears to garner very mixed reviews, however it struck a chord with me It has several themes occurring simultaneously and yet they complement each other as opposed to competing The characters are unique and I found I wanted to be a part of their group While I cried several times throughout the book, I found it uplifting On a personal note, I found understanding of what women experienced during that time period than I ever have before, all through their casual commentary on day to day [...]
What a wonderful story about female relationships those kind of relationships forged in brutal honesty, understanding, compassion, and forgiveness Five women with at first nothing in common that a Wednesday afternoon in a park A woman in gloves, another woman s stares, an innocent word and magically a friendship is formed that will sustain them through trials of infidelity, childbirths, miscarriages, childhood traumas and The catalyst that keeps them together is words printed words, written wo [...]
I had high hopes for The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton Maybe I had such high hopes that I had raised the bar too high I had read somewhere that Ms Clayton used to be a corporate transaction attorney at a large law firm After she ceased practicing law, she wrote this book As a lawyer and aspiring writer, I was drawn to it from that angle Then there was the fact that the book is about a group of aspiring writers, who form a writing group and try to publish That sounds like me, so I though [...]
I can t begin to share the gamut of emotion I experienced with every turn of the page These women, The Wednesday Sisters who actually meet on Sunday and aren t related have a way of crawling under the reader s skin as they bring everything from good, bad, to indifferent, out into the open in an up close and personal way From out loud guffaw laughter, to anger and tears, Linda, Brett, Kath, Ally, and Frankie will rivet themselves to your heart
A book filled with friendship, humor, insights and a little history too.
First of all, this was such a great book idea that I couldn t wait to begin reading This was a selection in my book club, and I d recommend it to all women s book clubs It s a great book for discussion, and I have to give it credit.However, as an enjoyable read, I found it lacking The characters are a bit stereotyped, and although I love the time period, it didn t truly come alive for me I think everything just fell a little flat for me setting, characters, plot, etc Some of the ideas were a bit [...]
The quick synopsis 5 women meet in a neighborhood park in the late 1960 s in Palo Alto, California It s not too long before they begin meeting weekly on wednesdays , they watch the Miss America pageant together every year, and soon form a writing society Over the years they become a loyal, supportive, tell you how it is, be there when you fall group of women friends.What I love about this book They push sometimes demand , inspire, and give each other permission to reach for their dreams All 5 ar [...]
The story was enjoyable, but there was far too much backstory The main speaker jumped around a lot from past events, to referencing present times or what she knows now, then going back to the past event It disrupted the story a lot it probably would have been a enjoyable read if it was straight forward chronological.There was also a bit too much history, and that took away from the story I found myself getting caught up in the story, then the next chapter would start by announcing the year, wha [...]
While I should have loved this book from cover to cover, I closed it with a bllptht sound of frustration There are so many endearing qualities about the piece the perspective, the unapologetic behaviors of the characters, the idea of women bonding together amidst adversity I just wished Clayton had stopped there Instead, she tries to canvas the late 60s and early 70s historically while packing in EVERY adversity five women could possibly bring to the table in their lifetimes infidelity, guilt, b [...]
After hearing from a couple friends that this book was fabulous, I knew I wanted to read it, but there were stacks of books ahead of it, so I used an Audible credit that had just been waiting for a good book and I listened to it I started it a few days ago, and I honestly could not stop listening I listened while driving, while working out, while walking the dogs, while getting ready in the morning, while cooking you get the picture It was such a great story and now I am so excited to read the s [...]
I love this book It s about friendships, loyalty, and life s lessons.
I had an ever so slight problem keeping Kath and Linda separate in my mind, although I really shouldn t have because they were written so very differently I loved the notion of this totally brutally honest yet supportive group of writing women I also loved the whimsy of them not being sisters, not meeting on Wednesday And one of the things I liked the most about the book though I didn t think I was going to when I first encountered it was the way the author doesn t make any bones about the story [...]
Quick beach read, female friendship, some bits felt very true, some felt a bit iffy unlikely.
Awesome I loved It So much A definite read.
The Wednesday Sisters is a novel about friendship, but it is a novel about such rich friendship you find yourself yearning for a girls night out Centering around the lives of five young women, Frankie, Linda, Brett, Kath, and Ally, Meg Waite Clayton weaves an incredible tale of an inspiring friendship that nurtures and encourages the women as writers Through the writing group, the women come together, grow as friends, grow as writers, grow as young wives and mothers on the fringes of a drastical [...]
I finished this a few weeks ago and thought of it as a 3 star book, but I can t stop thinking about the book so have moved it to 4 stars The characters of the book weren t what really interested me in this novel, although by the end I was completely smitten by their friendship and devotion to each other It was the time period, and women s rights, and how far we ve come in the last 60 years It blows my mind how different my life could have been if I was born 30 years earlier I think my mom, who i [...]
Friendships The Wednesday Sisters is a nostalgic, heartfelt, honest look at 5 young married women who become like sisters than friends Beginning in 1967, this wonderful book follows these women through the joys and sorrows, the disappointments and accomplishments that make up their lives As the women endure illnesses, infidelity, and insecurity, they are living through Miss America pageants, Vietnam, women s lib, prejudice, and astronauts landing on the moon As the years go by, they slowly peel [...]
This book, the story of five women friends living conventional lives while much of the U.S is engaged in radical debates and history changing activities, touched me deeply for two specific reasons The first is that my mother was one of those women My brother was born in 1967, me in 1971 I always used to press her on how she never ended up caught up in the free love hippie women s civil rights movements She always said something to the effect of, Well I was already married and had kids, which is [...]