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The Wednesday Sisters

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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  13,780 ratings  ·  2,338 reviews
When five young mothers—Frankie, Linda, Kath, Ally, and Brett—first meet in a neighborhood park in the late 1960s, their conversations center on marriage, raising children, and a shared love of books. Then one evening, as they gather to watch the Miss America Pageant, Linda admits that she aspires to write a novel herself, and the Wednesday Sisters Writing Society is born. ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Alina Borger
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here's what I believe: we need The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton.

Clayton's stories will help third- and fourth-wave feminists avoid political matricide. The pungent stench of fear and powerlessness that Clayton's characters face at critical junctures in their lives are--in a large part--history because of the work of second wave feminists.

I offer the following in a desperate attempt to convince high-school and college-aged women to read this scandalous book.* With their mothers. And the
Jun 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
I came away from this book missing my great group of girlfriends I left behind in California. The ones who support me and encourage me....the ones I used to meet for coffee so we could discuss everything we needed to without the "guys" around. This book showed how easy it is for women to find some kind of common ground to bind them together. The women in this novel hadn't known each other forever when they met for the first time but by the end of the book they had become sisters in ...more
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-09
I really liked this book. It made me think of my best friends and the bond of friendship among women. Meg captures all of that beautifully. The other thing I really appreciated about this book is it wasn't a male bashing - woman's power sort of book. There are good men in it, great men and a crappy man. I am so sick of books that make women perfect and men the root of all evil. Loved that.
Jul 15, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2009
When I read the teaser on the inside jacket of this book, I thought I was about to embark on the great story of five women writers in the late 1960's and early 70s. What I got instead was five paper doll cut outs that were passed off as characters that were barely distinguishable from the next one as they crowded around their picnic bench talking about how nice their writing was while a housekeeper watched their passel of children for $1.60 an hour. All of the characters were flat. Two of these ...more
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book. It seemed to have all the ingredients that would attract someone like me: the book primarily takes place from 1967-1975 and I graduated from high school in 1970; the women meet to encourage each others' writing efforts and become friends in the process; and there is a lot in here about women juggling children, marriage and sometimes a career. But this was not a sweeping novel of five women's lives. The later years are rushed through and tacked on at the end. The women ...more
Sep 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
They're not sisters and they don't meet on Wednesdays,; not anymore. The Wednesday Sisters...Frankie, Allie, Linda, Kath and Brett...are five women who meet in the park in 1968. Strong, smart and talented, they grew up in the 1950s when women became wives and mothers, not realizing it was possible to do anything else. In the following decades, the women continue to meet and realize that they each have an interest in writing. They become a writing group, reading, critiquing and supporting each ot ...more
Oct 16, 2009 rated it liked it
I hated that the author spanned nearly 10 years -- presumably to fit in more historically-significant events? Unfortunately, I read The Help before reading this and loved how that author treated some of the same theme in a more compelling way. I struggled to find a theme I could latch on to and rally for in The Wednesday Sisters, and I suppose it's supposed to be feminism and sisterhood. I just wasn't feeling it. I might have loved the story if it wasn't written solely from Frannie's point of vi ...more
joyce g
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Another half star would really make more sense for this weighty book about the friendship of a group of women who met randomly. It tells of their lives and lives and true passion, writing. Lovely.
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
I liked this book as a quick beach-read. There is no plot to this story; it reads as more of a memoir-style book. It had enough references to past pop-culture to make it relevant to me, but didn’t get bogged down in them…which kept the story moving along. However, I thought the character were unevenly developed. Revealing in some areas, but then not in others: really, it took 8 years of friendship for Brett to reveal her glove-secret? And really, none of her supposed friends would know or ask be ...more
Sandy T
Sep 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
What drew me to this book was that I had read it was set in Palo Alto, California, my old stomping grounds. It was fun to read about familiar places: Stanford University, Stanford Mall, University Avenue, Winchester Mystery House, the Linear Accelerator, etc., and even Menlo Park, my home town...
The story is about 5 young mothers who meet in a park in the late sixties. They discover their shared love for reading and writing. They decide to meet once a week in the park to read and critique each o
Mari Anne
Dec 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
The Wednesday Sisters should be my kind of book. It's all about a group of women who meet regularly to critique each other's writing. Sounds like something I would love doesn't it? Well unfortuntately reading about writing is really dull. This book also seemed to strive too hard to become either a record of the feminist movement or a revival of it. I couldn't really tell which but either way the reader was beat over the head with the tenets of feminism in just about every chapter.

The writer als
Susan Johnson
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it
There are times when I read the other reviews that I wonder if I read the same book. There seems to be a lot of people who really liked thi book. I am not one of them. I felt like the author had a check list of hot button issues of the late 60's and said, "Breast Cancer? Check. Interracial dating? Check. Protests? Check. Women attending college? Check. Women in sports? Check. Marital infedility? Check." It was amazing what these five women lived through. Still, it is hard for me to believe that ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
The Wednesday Sisters recounts a friendship among five women who live in California during a pivotal time in American history. Their common bond is a love of books, which eventually turns them in the direction of becoming writers themselves. I loved the references to books that I also found enthralling. The novel traces their individual challenges that include infidelity, inter-racial marriage, cancer, infertility issues and assorted insecurities. The sense of the women's movement is strongly re ...more
Susan Peterson
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Wednesday Sisters is a nostalgic, heartfelt, honest look at 5 young married women who become more like sisters than friends. Beginning in 1967, this wonderful book follows these women through the joys and sorrows, the disappointments and accomplishments that make up their lives. As the women endure illnesses, infidelity, and insecurity, they are living through Miss America pageants, Vietnam, women's lib, prejudice, and astronauts landing on the moon. As the years go by, they slow
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book appears to garner very mixed reviews, however it struck a chord with me. It has several themes occurring simultaneously and yet they complement each other as opposed to competing. The characters are unique and I found I wanted to be a part of their group. While I cried several times throughout the book, I found it uplifting. On a personal note, I found more understanding of what women experienced during that time period than I ever have before, all through their casual commentary on da ...more
Nancy Baker
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful story about female relationships -- those kind of relationships forged in brutal honesty, understanding, compassion, and forgiveness. Five women with at first nothing more in common that a Wednesday afternoon in a park. A woman in gloves, another woman's stares, an innocent word and magically a friendship is formed that will sustain them through trials of infidelity, childbirths, miscarriages, childhood traumas and more. The catalyst that keeps them together is words -- printed ...more
Anita NotherBook
Apr 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: writers
Recommended to Anita by: website
I had high hopes for The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton. (Maybe I had such high hopes that I had raised the bar too high?) I had read somewhere that Ms. Clayton used to be a corporate transaction attorney at a large law firm. After she ceased practicing law, she wrote this book. As a lawyer and aspiring writer, I was drawn to it from that angle. Then there was the fact that the book is about a group of aspiring writers, who form a writing group and try to publish. That sounds like me, so ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I saw a patron check out this book at the library and was intrigued enough by the description to place a reserve on it. It was just what I needed...friendship, life struggles, courage. I finished it in the lunchroom at work with tears falling.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
First of all, this was such a great book idea that I couldn't wait to begin reading. This was a selection in my book club, and I'd recommend it to all women's book clubs. It's a great book for discussion, and I have to give it credit.

However, as an enjoyable read, I found it lacking. The characters are a bit stereotyped, and although I love the time period, it didn't truly come alive for me. I think everything just fell a little flat for me--setting, characters, plot, etc. Some of the ideas were
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five married stay at home women who happen to meet in Palo Alto CA in the late 60's to early 70's. They form a friendship while meeting in the park with their small children. It was just an okay read for me. I had expected more and it could have been really, really good, but tying to develop 5 female characters and make them compelling was not an achievable task by this author. Too many stereotypes about men and women during that time. The book covers child rearing, wanna be authors (the 5), bre ...more
Laurie Buchanan
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can’t begin to share the gamut of emotion I experienced with every turn of the page. These women, The Wednesday Sisters — who actually meet on Sunday and aren’t related — have a way of crawling under the reader’s skin as they bring everything from good, bad, to indifferent, out into the open in an up-close-and-personal way. From out loud guffaw laughter, to anger and tears, Linda, Brett, Kath, Ally, and Frankie will rivet themselves to your heart!
 Barb Bailey
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2019
This book got off to a very slow start. About 80 pages in I was considering trashing the book...but I stuck with it . I became more and more invested in the story and the characters as the book progressed. The story covered lots of issues from the 1960 . It earned a solid 3 star rating from me.
Jun 27, 2018 added it
It's the late 1960s. You're a housewife with a few little kids, and you're bored. And lonely. One day, at the playground, you strike up a conversation with someone else similar to yourself. This happens a few more times, and voila! You have the premise of The Wednesday Sisters.

Five women make up the Wednesday Sisters. There's Frankie the narrator, Brett, Kath, Ally, and Linda. Each is married to a successful man, and each struggles with her own lack of "things to do" because they're each intelli
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
A women's support group for writers that evolved into so much more.
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is my second reading, I gave it 4 stars the first time, and I still give it 4 stars this time.

The Wednesday Sisters aren't really sisters - no they are 5 "young" mothers who have been meeting together since the late 1960's. They meet in a neighborhood park exchanging stories about motherhood, marriage, and the books that they have read and loved. Gathering to watch the Miss America Pageant (the first of many they will watch together), Linda starts discussing the fact that she is considering
Sep 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
The quick synopsis: 5 women meet in a neighborhood park in the late 1960's in Palo Alto, California. It's not too long before they begin meeting weekly (on wednesdays), they watch the Miss America pageant together every year, and soon form a writing society. Over the years they become a loyal, supportive, tell-you-how-it-is, be-there-when-you-fall group of women . . . . friends.

What I love about this book:
*They push (sometimes demand), inspire, and give each other permission to reach for their d
Allison Renner
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
The story was enjoyable, but there was far too much backstory. The main speaker jumped around a lot from past events, to referencing present times or what she knows now, then going back to the past event. It disrupted the story a lot; it probably would have been a more enjoyable read if it was straight-forward chronological.

There was also a bit too much history, and that took away from the story. I found myself getting caught up in the story, then the next chapter would start by announcing the y
Mar 03, 2009 rated it liked it
While I should have loved this book from cover to cover, I closed it with a "bllptht" sound of frustration. There are so many endearing qualities about the piece: the perspective, the unapologetic behaviors of the characters, the idea of women bonding together amidst adversity. I just wished Clayton had stopped there. Instead, she tries to canvas the late 60s and early 70s historically while packing in EVERY adversity five women could possibly bring to the table in their lifetimes: infidelity, g ...more
Amber K.
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
After hearing from a couple friends that this book was fabulous, I knew I wanted to read it, but there were stacks of books ahead of it, so I used an Audible credit that had just been waiting for a good book and I listened to it! I started it a few days ago, and I honestly could not stop listening. I listened while driving, while working out, while walking the dogs, while getting ready in the morning, while cooking... you get the picture. :) It was such a great story and now I am so excited to r ...more
Lois Duncan
Jul 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book I thought it would be your average, chick-lit story of a group of women friends (whom you couldn't tell apart) sharing the ups and downs of each other's lives. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that I COULD tell the women apart, they had distinct personalities and interesting personal stories, and -- the bow on the package for me -- they all wanted to be writers. The book itself was well written, and I enjoyed it a lot.
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Meg Waite Clayton is a New York Times bestselling author of the forthcoming THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON (HarperCollins, Sept 10, 2019), the #1 Amazon fiction bestseller BEAUTIFUL EXILES, the Langum-Prize honored national bestseller THE RACE FOR PARIS -- recommended reading by Glamour Magazine and the BBC, and an Indie Next Booksellers' pick -- and THE WEDNESDAY SISTERS, one of Entertainment Weekly's ...more

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