I received The Wednesday Sisters from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers. It’s kind of a crap shoot as far what you get, let alone whether you get a book at all. I wasn’t expecting too much with this book because I wasn’t sure if it was going to be on the chick lit side (chick lit is not my cuppa tea), but if I’d known what an awesome book it would be, I would have dropped everything and picked it up the second it hit my mailbox.
My run-on sentence synopsis: The Wednesday Sisters is about five women who first meet at a local park because four of them have kids so it makes sense why they were at the park and then decide after about a month of meeting on Wednesday mornings that they would start writing together, though some of the ladies were reluctant to write, and it’s about their writing and their lives and the ups and downs and the good and bad and anything in between.
I LOVED THIS BOOK.
When I picked up the book, I felt, not like I was reading, but like I was sitting down with a friend and she was telling me a story. I felt so comfortable and I felt so privileged to be taken into her confidence. But the novel doesn’t read like the author was trying to do that…it’s so effortless that I wouldn’t be surprised if the author had written ten books prior to this one.
Oftentimes when books have too many characters, certain characters get pushed to the wayside to make way for the story of the main character(s). The author is able to tell the story of all five women without me feeling like she’s leaving anything out or pushing any characters to the side. I was always satisfied with the amount of information she gave me about each person. Her style in this regard reminds me of John Steinbeck. Meg Waite Clayton tells you stories about each person, allowing those stories to reveal their character.
What was best about this book? The author was able to make me laugh and cry at the exact same time. I found myself laughing and crying every time I picked up the book. I was always crying because I was so touched by the characters and what they were experiencing, and I was laughing as the author pulled the humor out of the situations in a delicate and gentle manner. Their happiness, pain, sadness, hope, were all so raw and apparent that I couldn’t help but feel connected to the characters. Even when I saw how a scene was going to play out, the author was still able to make me laugh out loud.
The Wednesday Sisters is not about any crazy shenanigans they get themselves in to. It’s about their lives; one battles infertility, one struggles with a cheating husband, one is blunt and outspoken to a fault, none of them are perfect, none of them have perfect lives or perfect husbands. They are real. They are you and me.
If I could be granted a wish, I would like to write like Meg Waite Clayton.
I think I may tell Dave the wedding’s off and I want to marry The Wednesday Sisters. 😀
Rating: 99 out of 100
You can check out the author’s website here.
Okay, so I loved this book sooo much and for some reason every review I’ve read was all, Meh. Try here, this one’s a little better, this one I just found that liked it, from this review I guess more people liked it than I thought (phew!)…seriously, I saw at least three reviews that were Meh, though I can’t find all those now, so I linked to what I could find. I just want to be balanced and show you the reviews that weren’t drooling over it like me, but I LOVED IT.
I loved it so much that I’m going to buy a copy for one lucky person. Due to my wedding being June 7th, the contest will end June 23rd. I will draw the winner on June 24th. Comment to be entered; post about this on your blog with a link back to this particular post and you’ll get a second entry.
I’m off to stalk the author. It will go something like this: OhmygodItotallylovedyourbookandcan’tsayenoughnicethingsaboutitandwheredo youliveanddoyouthinkwecanbefriends? If anyone has any stalking advice for a novice stalker, please leave it in the comments. Thank you.