Written By: Meg Waite Clayton
Published By: Ballantine Books June 2008
Length: 320 pages
In the mid 1960’s a group of five women begin meeting in a park where most of their children play. Starting with just two, and growing the women are all married and in similar stages of married life. The women begin meeting on Wednesday mornings and the name the Wednesday Sisters is born, even when they change to Sunday’s at sunrise to accommodate all their availability.
These friends are so diverse, Frankie is the new girl, her husband finishing school and accepting a job in the Bay area. Linda is outspoken and fit…she tells it just like it is. Kath is a southern belle. Ally is holding deep secret. Brett wears little white gloves, and she is brilliant. The women do have one strong common love, literature. They also begin a writing circle, where they share and critique one another. No dreams are too big to these women. The book covers a long period of time, and their views on their own roles and those of other women change. Women who once gathered for the Miss American Pageant to cheer other women on…changed their views on how these women were viewed.
Lifes ups and downs are shared among these friends, filled with so much love and support.
I had to read this book after I fell in love with THE WEDNESDAY DAUGHTERS. I wasn’t disappointed, and if anything learning the journey of these women endeared both books to me even more. In my life I’ve been a part of many groups, school friends, work friends, moms of other children etc, but these women had such a great group…love and support from friends geographically close and intellectually challenging. What an awesome combination.
I’ve given this book a 4 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has had a friendship with a group of women….or if you’ve dreamed of such a thing. Meg Waite Clayton is phenomenal, and I plan to read her other back list too.