Edited to add: The winner of The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton is Nan from Nan’s Corner of the Web! Congratulations, Nan!
I’m so excited! The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton is being released today (May 5, 2009) in paperback! *lots of cheering and clapping and general excitement*
This was hands down in my top three books of last year. It’s even one that I know I’ll re-read, which I generally swear is not a good idea.
It has been such a pleasure and a gift to get to know Meg. I got to meet her shortly after I read the book, and really, it was amazing. She has one of my favorite author blogs where she asks authors to guest post about their journey to publishing their first book. She gets some great authors to guest post and I’m always curious who will be up next.
I can’t wait to see what book she publishes next!
To celebrate the release of The Wednesday Sisters in paperback, I’m giving away a paperback copy! All you have to do is tell me who your best/closest friend is. If you want an extra entry, you can tweet, facebook, stumble, whatever, just come back and leave a separate comment for each entry. I’m not tallying up entries anymore! Lesson has been learned! Contest will be open until May 15, 2009 at 11:59pm.
I am reposting my original review below. Really, if you haven’t read this book, it’s a definite must read.
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.