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The Wednesday Sisters

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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Kath, Frankie, Ally, Brett and Linda are The Wednesday Sisters. They met in a park in CA in the late 1960s and developed a close friendship which spans over 30 years. These 5 women couldn't be more different but soon realize that they share an affinity for literature an...
Kath, Frankie, Ally, Brett and Linda are The Wednesday Sisters. They met in a park in CA in the late 1960s and developed a close friendship which spans over 30 years. These 5 women couldn't be more different but soon realize that they share an affinity for literature and share a secret desire to write. I really identified with Frankie. I am from Chicago and grew up in the 70s so I really appreciated all of the references to the Cubs and Northwestern University but more importantly I felt that the author really captured the Midwestern 'mentality' of the era. While reading I couldn't help but be reminded of all of the hardships my mom went through as a young woman in the 60s and 70s. She divorced when I was young and was an outcast at my Catholic Elementary School. I can see why Kath stuck it out! She was not able to go to college for the same reasons as Frankie. There were times when I laughed out loud and had to hold back the tears while reading. Meg Waite Clayton really captured the bond that women have when they develop meaningful relationships and friendships. I can't wait to pass this book on to one of my Wednesday Sisters!

posted by Anonymous on June 17, 2008

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8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

The Sisters Have Their Moments - But Not Many

The novel The Wednesday Sisters, while falling quite short of being original, does have its redeeming qualities. I'm sorry, but I'm tired of reading material from writers who only seem to be able to write about becoming writers. Am I alone in this? I know we're all told...
The novel The Wednesday Sisters, while falling quite short of being original, does have its redeeming qualities. I'm sorry, but I'm tired of reading material from writers who only seem to be able to write about becoming writers. Am I alone in this? I know we're all told to "write what we know" but this is getting ridiculous.

The characters in this character-driven novel fall flat at times. The stereotypes overwhelm. With the exception of one heart-wrenching scene, they fail to elicit much empathy. Even the ending was telegraphed.

The writing style was sometimes simplistic but not without merit. The chronological cultural references were too numerous and too contritely stuffed into the novel to feel at all "real".

The upside? The many truly great novels to which the the characters refer inspired me to go back and re-read several of them myself. I only wish the author had been able to capture more than a touch of their greatness.

posted by Wacky_J on April 12, 2010

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    The Sisters Have Their Moments - But Not Many

    The novel The Wednesday Sisters, while falling quite short of being original, does have its redeeming qualities. I'm sorry, but I'm tired of reading material from writers who only seem to be able to write about becoming writers. Am I alone in this? I know we're all told to "write what we know" but this is getting ridiculous.

    The characters in this character-driven novel fall flat at times. The stereotypes overwhelm. With the exception of one heart-wrenching scene, they fail to elicit much empathy. Even the ending was telegraphed.

    The writing style was sometimes simplistic but not without merit. The chronological cultural references were too numerous and too contritely stuffed into the novel to feel at all "real".

    The upside? The many truly great novels to which the the characters refer inspired me to go back and re-read several of them myself. I only wish the author had been able to capture more than a touch of their greatness.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2010

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    Could not get throught it!

    By the reviews I thought this would be a great book. It was very boring to me and couldnt even get through it. It was a book club book and everyone else got through it but painfully. They said it didnt pick up until around page 150 but at that point it was good. So I would not recommend it.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

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    To us a nice word, "Familiar"

    I am part of a group of friends that meet every Wednesday, so one in the group thought it would be fun if we all read this. Well, she was wrong.

    It's ironic to me that she is writing about a group of women that are trying to be writers and the critiques that they give each other are exactly the critiques that I would give the author. The characters were broring and unlikable, their situations were trite and predictable and I felt like she was wtiting about herself the whole time.

    Now, granted, I am a man and I am not the intended audience, but never the less, it was just a load of garbage, but if that's what you're looking for, then you'll love it!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2010

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    BORING!

    The reviews on the back of the book sounded so wonderful and the idea of the story sounded good but I was soooooo bored! I gave the book about 100 pages and just couldn't bear to read anymore when I have other books sitting on my shelf! Oh, well!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    nothing new

    if felt i had read this book before - characters uninspired, trite.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

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    Disappointed

    I found this book to be extremely boring. I didn't really connect with any of the characters. I'm not sure that I liked the way the book was written. Found it a little difficult that the narrator flipped from present to future without much warning.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Just ok

    The book seemed to be so drawn out & just didn't keep my interest until the end (yes, I had to finish it!!), then it was just ok.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

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    Enjoyable but not at the top of the list

    The Wednesday sisters meet every Wednesday to talk about writing and they watch the Miss America pageant each year.

    The novel starts during the summer of love in San Francisco and we follow these women as they build traditional but continue to write. Written in the voice of one of the women it was a nice but not particularly deep book. It scratched the surface of many topics but did not go any deeper . As an aspiring writer I enjoyed the book but I thought that it only scratched the surface of any conflict or problems these women had.

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