Tomorrow is the official release date for Meg Waite Clayton's latest release, The Wednesday Daughters, so I thought I'd re-post my review of The Wednesday Sisters. Daughters is a sequel of sorts to Sisters, as we now get a glimpse into the lives of some of the children of the Wednesday Sisters. Stop back tomorrow for my review of The Wednesday Daughters!
Title: The Wednesday Sisters
Author: Meg Waite Clayton
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Author Website: www.megwaiteclayton.com
Rating: 5/5 stars
I received The Wednesday Sisters through the Early Reviewer Program at LibraryThing in 2008. It's an excellently written story about friendship and family (and especially how friends can grow into being more than just friends, they can become family too). From the moment I started reading, I knew that this was going to be a great book.
The story revolves around no-nonsense, athletic Linda, super smart Brett, quiet Frankie, Southern Belle Kath, and shy Ally, friends who first meet every Wednesday in the park for play time with their kids, where they eventually start to discuss what books they've been reading and the general small talk of forming friendships. Later, they discover that each has had a small desire in one way or another to become writers, so the Wednesday meetings change to writing critiques, as they each try to help the other into becoming better writers. The book is so much more than just about their writing, though. It's also about the hopes, dreams and challenges of young families and budding friendships. We get a glimpse into 5 years of their friendship and watch through their eyes as the world is changing around them (the story starts in the summer of 1967) and how they themselves grow as individuals with the rest of the world.
This was a delight to read; smartly written and nicely paced, with believable characters living real lives. I think Meg Waite Clayton describes her own book best, when the Wednesday Sisters are critiquing Brett's book and Frankie asks, "How did you make it so funny and so touching at the same time(?)... It's a little bit of magic, that." When I read that line, I thought the exact same thing about The Wednesday Sisters.
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April, 2020 - I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!