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The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March
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Read on June 30, 2012 — I own a copy

Author Mia March is a self confessed, life long fan of Meryl Streep and her debut novel is in part a tribute to the accomplished actress but even if you are not a fan of her movies you are sure to enjoy this warm hearted story.
Sisters Isabel and June return to the Maine bed and breakfast they grew up in after the death of the parents, at the request of their Aunt Lolly who has something important to share with them. For Isabel, who has just discovered her husband's affair, and single mother June, who is unexpectedly unemployed and homeless, the timing proves provident, though both are reluctant to spend too much time in the company of their aunt and her daughter, Kat, or each other. However Lolly's shocking announcement, and nights spent watching Meryl Streep movies together, prove to be the catalyst that allows the four women to set aside their differences and share their lives.

This is character driven contemporary women's fiction, with each protagonist, Kat, Isabel and June facing challenges in their personal lives. Kat has agreed to marry her childhood sweetheart but isn't sure she is doing the right thing, Isabel has discovered her husband is having an affair and June's son desperately wants to meet the father he never knew. Lolly, who raised all three girls on her own after the death of her husband, sister and brother-in-law in a tragic car accident is coming to terms with her life's regrets as death approaches. Each woman must work through the pain and uncertainty of the decisions they have made in the past and the options they have for the future. March develops credible characters with believable issues that readers can relate to while exploring the themes of love, heartbreak, grief and regrets.
The author's use of Meryl Streep movies to prompt discussion among her protagonists is a clever idea. Meryl Streep certainly has a comprehensive and impressive filmography, and March chooses those films which complement the themes of this novel. Together the foursome, along with Lolly's long time housekeeper and random B&B guests, watch The Bridges of Madison County, It's Complicated, Mamma Mia. Out of Africa and a host of other movies featuring the actress that sparks new insight into the problems they are facing and the decisions they must make. It also encourages them to open up to each other and grow closer with the exchange of secrets, fears and dreams.

I really enjoyed The Meryl Streep Movie Club, it is an easy, engaging story with enough substance to ensure it is also a satisfying read. I see a Meryl Streep movie marathon in my near future.
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