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The Professors' Wives' Club by Joanne Rendell
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Jan 20, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: reviewed
Recommended to Phoebe by: Jessica
Recommended for: Everyone!
Read in January, 2009 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** I found out about Joanne Rendell through the amazing website/blog called Free Book Friday , that is founded by author Jessica Brody. I'm so glad that I read and even heard the wonderful podcast interview of Jessica and Joanne talking about her debut novel, The Professors' Wives' Club . Listening to the podcast about how Joanne Rendel came to write her first published novel was so much fun because she has a BA in English Literature and that I'm majoring in English right now. I had to find out more about this novel and to get it immediately so I can read it as soon as possible and write up a review. I also recommend that you all listen to it also so you can decide for yourselves if you agree with me about this wonderfully written debute novel by Joanne Rendell. I'm glad that I bought this book as soon as I heard about it because I just finished reading it and I want more of Joanne's novel to read. I heard that she will be releasing a new novel that has to do with the university that she wrote about in her first book and it's coming out this Summer or Fall and I can't wait.

I knew a bit of what to expect when I finally got my copy of Joanne Rendell's novel The Professors' Wives' Club but that changed when I started reading the novel. Each chapter of the novel is read through the prospective of one of the professors' wives' such as Mary, Sofia, Ashleigh, and Hannah. This is very different from the other novels I've read but I actually liked it and wasn't at all disappointed or put off by this way of writing a novel. Nestled among Manhattan U’s faculty housing, there is a garden where four women will meet—each with a scandalous secret that could upset their lives, destroy their families, and rock the prestigious university to its very core. In the interview podcast I listen to Joanne Rendell say that she is married to a professor who works at NYU and she lives at their faculty resident with her family. So Manhattan U is just a bit based on NYU but not completely because she said she didn't want to get her husband fired. I've never been to any of the NYU campus in Manhattan before so this was a new scene setting for me even though I've lived in NYC all my life. With its shady maple trees, elegant iron gate, and high fence laced with honeysuckle, Manhattan U's garden offers faculty wives Mary, Sofia, Ashleigh, and Hannah a much-needed refuge.

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