The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
A Novel

76%

7 Critic Reviews

The women share confessions, rifts and revelations which edge them toward greater achievement, while behind them a stream of iconic ’60s moments...and books...add period flavor.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Meg Waite Clayton’s The Wednesday Daughters.

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.
 

About Meg Waite Clayton

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MEG WAITE CLAYTON is the nationally bestselling author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light. Her essays and stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, Runner's World, Writer's Digest and public radio. A graduate of the University Michigan Law School, she lives with her family in Palo Alto.














Author Residence: Palo Alto, CA














Author Hometown: Washington, DC
 
Published June 17, 2008 by Ballantine Books. 305 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Wednesday Sisters
All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

The women share confessions, rifts and revelations which edge them toward greater achievement, while behind them a stream of iconic ’60s moments...and books...add period flavor.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on Mar 03 2008

...the narration and story lines are so syrupy they verge on hokey...

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jan 24 2011

Meg Waite Clayton’s stirring novel will appeal not just to those who secretly wish to be writers, but to anyone with a love of great books...

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Deseret News

Good
on Aug 03 2008

"The Wednesday Sisters" gives a voice to the 1960s housewife, and after reading it, grown children will likely look at their mothers with a new understanding and respect.

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Story Circle Book Reviews

Excellent
on Jul 07 2008

Clayton develops strong individual characters and tells a powerful story that celebrates friendship, trust, and life.

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Kepler's

Good

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.

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Gather Books

Above average
on Oct 25 2009

Not only was this book delightful to read, it was also a poignant, moving story that dealt foremost with the bonds of friendship...

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