The Wednesday Sisters

The Wednesday Sisters

A Novel

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345502827
Branch Call Number: F Cla


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DBRL_KrisA May 11, 2019

I love books like this - a group of friends, each with different things going on in their lives, all supporting each other through the low points and celebrating the high points, cheering each other on but also calling each other out when needed.

I loved how Linda spoke her mind, how Ally was quiet but strong, how Brett was shy but smart and so supportive. I loved Kath's mix of southern gentility and brash country honesty.

I really enjoyed how much the author grounded this story in the time period in which it takes place, tying it in with the space race and women's lib and the beginnings of Silicon Valley. As the narrator says, when talking about her own characters, it gives the whole thing a three-dimensional, real feeling, as if these characters were real people, more relatable.

Lastly, I enjoyed the book because it was (partly) about writing, the absolute *need* to get the things in your head out onto paper. I'm hoping it pushes me to finally do some of that myself.

Aug 03, 2018

A good commuting book on CD. Reader did a great job of the Kath's southern drawl and I loved the use of colloquial expressions (that dog won't hunt was just one of many). Perspectives on everything from interracial marriage to bra burning! For those of us who grew up in this era it's an interesting look back to see just how far we have come.

Nov 06, 2016

The writing is very accessible and maybe a little simple in its straightforwardness. The story of 5 women who meet in a park in 1967 and grow together against the backdrop of social change is a good story. Their deepening connection and risk-taking in sharing their writing and their lives and growing into their fullness is well portrayed. The issues of the times are there, but don't date the story too strongly, so you can engage with the timeless elements even as the times are present in the story.

Mar 23, 2014

While it took me a long time to finish this book – which says it’s not of the “couldn’t-put-it-down” variety – I did enjoy it a great deal. The friendship between five women who are from different backgrounds and who face different life situations, but who meet because they all live in the same neighborhood, rang true to me. In my experience, quality friendships deepen over time as trust grows and women slowly begin to share more of who they are. This was exactly the way Meg Clayton unfolded the relationships between the Wednesday sisters, so the story felt authentic without being sappy. I also liked Clayton’s interspersing of 1960s history as a way to show how the women were affected by and responded to changing American culture at the same time they dealt with life circumstances (cancer, infidelity, miscarriage, etc.).

Dec 09, 2013

Not a bad book, but nothing special. I hate giving twos, however it wasn't amazing it was just okay. The book is about 5 women that meet each other in California and became friends. They eventually learn about each other and deal with some serious issues during a time that much change was happening around them.

Apr 28, 2012

This book is pedestrianly written. I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters.


Just reading this book and I'm loving how the characters are bonding and slowly discovering themselves, coming into their own.

Jul 02, 2011

Loved, loved this book!!

Jul 24, 2010

Reading this for my "First Wednesday" book group! I already love it on page ONE because one of the 5 "sisters" is named KATH. :-)
I enjoyed this book. A toast to friends who can get each other through anything. I imagined my Mom as a member of this group as I was growing up in the 60's and 70's with all the craziness going on and still focused on raising a family. This group of women meet at the park where their kids are playing and discover that they all want to write. So they start, supporting and critiquing each others' efforts. These moms find time to write instead of playing bridge or gossiping.

Favorite line: " was the writing that mattered. It was through the writing that we were coming to know who we were."


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