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.
From the Hardcover edition.
In this book club favorite, during the late 1960s, five young mothers form a writing group which gives them the collective strength not to settle for lives of quiet domesticity. Led by Frankie, an aspiring novelist, the "Wednesday Sisters" (Linda, Brett, Kath and Ally) use their pens to scribble down their thoughts, in the spare moments when they're not feeding, cleaning, or cooking. The women have their own interests, their own obstacles to overcome, and their own reactions to the landmark changes happening to the world around them, but they come together every week to weave their individual thoughts and ideas into a unified story of their lives.
- Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Family + Friendship, Types of Characters, Stages of Life, General
- May 5, 2009
- Meg Waite Clayton