Thoughts The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton, Ballantine Books 2008, 284 pages.
MOTIVATION for READING: This is the official selection for November’s In-Real-Life Book Club aka The Bookies. We are also to read The Help (which I liked better.) I had this book on my tbr wishlist since I read Trish’s review at Hey Lady! She gave it a 99/100 rating.
Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
– Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop
WHAT IT’s ABOUT: Four young ladies meet at the park in the neighborhood, begin a friendship and start a writing club. Despite being from varied backgrounds, their loves and lives and writing careers are intertwined for many years with a strong enduring friendship.
WHAT’s GOOD: I thought it was fun to read about these very different women and all they went through. I loved all the cultural references from the 70’s and seeing how much times have changed. I enjoyed living vicariously through the struggling writer life.
WHAT’s NOT so GOOD: I know that a few of my Bookie friends did not much care for this and have complained about changes in viewpoint and style? voice? I look forward to hearing more of these issues at the club meeting in a few weeks. This book was fine, I enjoyed it but I doubt it will turn into one of those memorable-over-time books for me. Also, though I’m hesitant to bring it up, I don’t have any friendships like the ones described in this book. Probably since I’ve moved so often in my life…
I tried to find some dissenting not-quite-so positive reviews in blogosphere but it seems like everyone just loved it dearly. I do think this is a safe book to recommend to my friends if they ever ask for a recommendation. (At least the ones that don’t teach English in High School. ha! kind of a private joke. You know who you are.)
FINAL THOUGHTS: I liked it just fine. I’m giving it four pie slices. But I think I might have to just give it three – which does NOT mean it sucked! Two pie slices means ‘only OK’, so three pies mean “I liked it.” It’s just that it’s already been a few weeks since I read this and I’m not remembering much. I didn’t take any notes on it, and so yes: THREE PIE SLICES, it is.