Friday, March 29, 2013

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

From Clayton's site:
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, they begin to embrace who they are and what they hope to become, as The Wednesday Sisters welcomes readers to experience, along with its heroines, the power of dreaming big.

To read an excerpt, click here.

I found this story interesting.  I liked and did not like the characters.  Maybe I cannot relate because they are old enough to be my mother.  They all had college educations except Frankie and did nothing with it.  I wanted to go to college but could not afford it. Using the excuse of "I am a woman and I am only allowed to marry and have children" is wrong. What if Susan B Anthony had that in her head?
These women were well off too. Only Kath struggled with money after he husband left her.  But then the second  job she had and was so successful.  Only in a book. They probably would not have been friends with a poor woman.
I could relate to Ally's infertility because it happened to me. I could not understand Kath's lack of backbone where her husband was concerned. I cannot wait for The Wednesday Daughters to see if I relate more to those characters.
Pages: 306

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