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The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  51 reviews
An inspiring and heartfelt memoir about the friendship between eight women forged over two decades.

The eight Drummond Girls first met in 1991 at Peegeo's Food & Spirits in northern Michigan where, at the time, they were all waitresses, bartenders, or regular customers. When one of them got engaged, they celebrated with a trip to Drummond Island--their first trip togeth
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published July 14th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing
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Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Eight women with no other connection than a particular Michigan bar, go on a weekend camping trip every October during which they drink heavily, flirt outrageously and act like irresponsible 19 year olds. Over two decades, they experience marriage and divorce, births and deaths, job loss and career changes and they grow in their friendship. I struggled to give this 2 stars. The writing was flat and overdone. Information about each woman, especially the narrator, was repeated so frequently I had ...more
Aphra Behn
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Someone once said that a good memoir makes you nostalgic for experiences you never had. After reading Mardi Jo Link’s “The Drummond Girls” I pined to be a Drummond Girl myself, a member of an all-girl club made up of women who seem to be as different as they are dedicated to each other and who, for over 20 years, have made an annual weekend trip to Drummond Island, Michigan where they party, laugh and bond. This is the story of a particular group of eight very different women who are there for e ...more
May 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Maybe an interesting story for the Drummond Girls. I found the story boring and not that interesting for me. The only part I enjoyed was learning about the island. Didn't appreciate hearing about the drinking and partying by the women.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story of these women and their friendship. I was sorry when it ended because I wanted to spend more time with the Drummond Girls.
Michael K.
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We should all be so lucky to have a group of friends like the “The Drummond Girls.” The story is about partying and letting your hair down with people you trust, but it doesn’t miss the point that life isn’t a Hollywood movie. Just as crossing the Mackinac Bridge was like crossing the border from reality, Link shows plenty of real life in the struggles these “girls” supported each other through. This author knows a good story when she sees one, and see certainly knows how to tell it a way that k ...more
Ann Fisher
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it
A wonderful tale of women's friendships over the years. But although I've visited Drummond Island, I've never done so when the main activity seems to be getting drunk and then driving on two tracks through the woods, neither of which has any appeal for me. If either, or both, appeal to you, then you'll probably enjoy this book more than I did.
Sep 30, 2015 added it
This book came to me at a crossroads in my life. I recently moved away from a group of friends that I knit with every Wednesday night for,the last 10 years. Finding new friends is hard and I could so relate to the dilemma of fitting in. Loved this book!
Peggy Eckhold
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Rather disappointing book. No real character development and even though these women spent a weekend together every year, they only drank and were silly. They never really got to know one another in depth. Pretty shallow friendships.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I want to be a Drummond Girl! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found myself eagerly waiting for their next year's adventures and am going to miss reading about them.
Mary L
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
This is about a group of girls who have met every year at Drummond Island for a number of years. Love the area so I'm excited to read it.
Mary Jo
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this memoir! What fun it would be to have a group of friends and adventures like this.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
This book was recommended to me because we're going to Drummond Island later this summer. I was told it was funny and thought it would give me ideas about what to do on our vacation. Sad to say that I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. Basic synopsis: a group of 8 woman save up money all year so they can go party on the island for a weekend every October, and we get to read about their partying. Okay, it's a bit deeper than that - we do learn about their relationships, some of their unique qu ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: purchased
This was written like a poorly done Diary. Notice I didn't say journal, but diary. I did not connect with any of the characters and there were no real adventures. Even when the usual tragedies struck, I didn't feel much.

Being as I am from the Traverse City area, and was raised in the U.P., I had very high hopes for this book. It just didn't work for me.
Marilee Steffen
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
The Drummond Girls are a group of 8 female waitresses who began their yearly October weekend retreat in 1993. They travel from Traverse City, Michigan north across the Mackinac Bridge to a remote northern Michigan island situated in Lake Huron to spend a weekend togther. When the tradition started, they were young and wild and partied hard. Over the years they shared what life brought their way; marriages that started and finished, births, deaths and financial woes. Yet every year they left thei ...more
Katey Schultz
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
[I had the honor of introducing this author after studying her work.]

In reviews, book summaries, and in responses to her work, Mardi Jo Link has been called a powderpuff, an anti-heroine, anti-Greek and maybe, even, a sissy-la-la. She’s also been called honest, hilarious, tenacious, and dynamic. As I pondered her writing and career, and the hell-yes-heart she brings to both, I couldn’t help but think that if Mardi should be called anything, she should be called DETERMINED.

Most of us know the gis
Jul 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a Mardi Link fan, both the non-fiction crime stories and the memoirs. I loved "Bootstrapper" but "Drummond Girls" was less compelling, although still an enjoyable read, especially for anyone who lives in northern Michigan. In many ways, northern Michigan life is a character in the book: the hunters and fisherman, the pine-paneled bars with shower curtains in front of restroom stalls, the solitude, the pines and the endless water. Link gets all the description exactly right, from the rented t ...more
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the title of this book, The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance. Having said that, I requested this book and then put off reading it, for one reason or another. As often happens, when I did pick it up, I loved the story within.

There are eight girls who first met, as waitresses, customers or bartenders, in Michigan at Peegeo's Food and Spirits. It then took off at an engagement celebration at Drummond Island. This trip formed a friendship stronger than they
Heather Shumaker
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you've read Mardi Link's books before, you know you're in for a treat with a dose of her deft humor mixed with with reflections on life. "The Drummond Girls" is no exception, in fact, this is Link at the top of her game. Her writing is sharper than ever, and this book hits a chord so universal - the bond of women's friendships.

The gist of the book is 20 years of friendship between eight women, but it plays on themes of loneliness, time, change and the essential power of friendship for adults
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't think I would like a book about a group of Traverse City, Michigan, women who party hard once a year on Drummond Island, but reviewers said I should give it a chance. I'm glad I did because author Mardi Jo Link (one of the women) hooked me with her frank and empathetic memoir revealing the strength of eight women's friendship over two decades. Having spent two summers on a remote island in Lake of the Woods, I identified with Link's accurate and vivid descriptions of Dummond Island in L ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs, michigan
I actually liked this book a little better as I went along. I saw it on the library shelf and picked it because it's set in Michigan and because it reminded me of The Girls from Ames, which I haven't read but which sounds like it would be good. As I started reading at first I thought it was dreadful. Between the writing and the author's insecurities I often found myself cringing. I thought about abandoning it, but it was like watching a train wreck--I couldn't stop. As I got further along and go ...more
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading a short but favorable review of this book on, I tracked this down at my local library. The premise was attractive: one weekend every autumn, a group of girlfriends heads up to a remote island in Lake Huron, reachable only by ferry. At first, I wasn't overly impressed. Starting when most of the women were in their twenties, the group's annual getaway seemed at first to consist mainly of drinking and driving around on the island, a combination not OK in my opinion. But t ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was provided an advance copy of The Drummond Girls by The Reading Room in exchange for an honest review.

This book tells of how four (and then eight) women from all walks of life meet yearly for a girls get-away weekend in Drummond, Michigan for over two decades. It celebrates the power and longevity of women's friendships. I, as a woman, celebrate that daily, but this book didn't live up to my expectations. While, no doubt a very meaningful journal for the eight women involved, I never really
Cari Noga
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book makes me want to grow old! An annual girls' weekend serves as a touchstone (literally, as Drummond Island is a rock arising from Lake Huron) for a diverse group of women. As individuals they confront death, divorce and disease, kids and careers, yet find acceptance and respite among each other and on Drummond Island, the "ninth girl" as the author so eloquently puts it. Spanning twenty years, the book really rewards the reader rafter about 10 years, when the girls collectively suffer a ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Enjoyable and relatable if you're lucky enough to have a group of friends with whom you laugh and grow over the years. Link's earlier memoir, Bootstrapper, may be a better crafted book but The Drummond Girls has much to recommend it. Chapters mark annual girls' weekends on Drummond Island and there, are of course, many life challenges that result in personal growth as well as stronger relationships between the friends and their loved ones.

I'm looking forward to learning from Link in person this
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I'm addicted to memoir and especially like to purchase ones from used book stores when my husband and I travel. I bought this one in Munising Michigan on our way to Isle Royale. It is a story of 8 women who travel to Drummond Island for one weekend every year. They drink too much and go 4-wheeling in the forest and whoop and holler. The real story is how each of the women change over the years and how they help each other get through all that life throws at you.
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A great story about friendship. We all need a circle of friends like this.
Noelle Walsh
Jun 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was good. There was one flaw, in my opinion: it felt like the characters weren't developed enough, with experiences being told instead of shown. This book would have gotten at a minimum of half a star more out of me if the characters were more relatable. Otherwise, the book was good.

*won on GoodReads First Reads*
Anne S
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-read
I liked this book. I had read other books by Mardi Jo Link and had heard good reviews of this one. It was about friends and how their relationships have made it through many years and through good times and bad.

I would recommend it to anyone who likes to enjoy a good book about deep friendships that have survived through the years.
Sep 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I won Mardi Jo Link's novel "The Drummond Girls" and thoroughly enjoyed it. What fun these "Girls" had grown with in themselves and no matter what happened in their daily lives they had the thought that they had 3 days together to forget about the drudgery of daily living. I wish I had a pack of friends to do this every year!
Rhonda Kalkwarf
Jul 23, 2015 rated it liked it
The story was good, but I wish I's gotten to know each of the Drummond Girls better. They were never developed as characters. Maybe that was for privacy purposes, but telling the story without the characters felt flat. The focus was more on telling us the experience was significant, rather than showing us. I was disappointed.
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Mardi Link is the author of the memoirs The Drummond Girls: A Story of Fierce Friendship Beyond Time and Chance and Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass On a Northern Michigan Farm . She studied agriculture and journalism at Michigan State University and creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte. She has worked as a newspaper reporter, a street tree planter, a seamstress, and a tournamen ...more