Sunday, August 31, 2008

Book Review: The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

What do you get when you combine five women, a shared love of reading and a park picnic table? The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton, of course.

In the late 1960’s five very different women meet as their children play in a Palo Alto park. United by their love of books and a shared passion for the Miss America Pageant, the five women – Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett and Ally – become friends. Eventually their love of books leads to the creation of a writing circle. The characters grow as women and as friends through their writing, and that growth is a fascinating process to watch.

We meet these remarkable women at a crucial point in American history. The Vietnam War is dividing the nation and the Summer of Love is at its peak. The first meeting of the Wednesday Sisters takes place the day after Robert F. Kennedy is shot, and the women find themselves drawn to the park; each one looking for comfort and normalcy on that dark day. As their friendships blossom, they watch in awe as Neil Armstrong walks on the moon and re-evaluate their roles as wives and mothers in light of the Women’s Liberation Movement. All the while, they continue to write and encourage each other to pursue their dreams.

Meg Waite Clayton did an excellent job in creating vivid, interesting characters and showing how their lives changed as a result of their friendships and the turbulent times in which they lived. This is a fun, easy read, but there’s also a lot of meat to the story. It’s sure to be a popular choice for book clubs. I wouldn’t be surprised to see The Wednesday Sisters on the silver screen at some point. This inspirational story of the power of friendship has a wide appeal.

Rating: 7/10.

Buy The Wednesday Sisters:
Indiebound | Powell's | Amazon

You can find out more about The Wednesday Sisters at Meg Waite Clayton's official site. I'd also invite you to visit Meg's very interesting blog, 1st Books.


  1. This book is in my TBR pile, so I'm glad to see you liked it.

  2. I really enjoyed this one myself. I thought the same thing, it would make for a good movie.
    great review!

  3. I really enjoyed this one, too. I also found myself thinking it would be easily adaptable to film.

  4. I enjoyed this one too! Great review.

  5. Hmmm. It's not too sugary, is it? I might like this one, I think.

  6. I keep reading reviews of this book and thinking I want to read it and then promptly forget about it. Thanks for the reminder! =D I STILL want to read it!

  7. Great review! This sounds pretty good. I like the idea of seeing the characters go through real-life events and finding out how it effects them.