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The Wednesday Sisters Review & Giveaway

July 21, 2008

A NovelThey say timing is everything and when it comes to reading just the right book at the right time, that saying is sometimes right on the mark.

In November of 2000, I sat in a hotel room, in my pajamas, with some of my women co-workers. We were in Connecticut to attend a funeral of another of our co-workers, who passed away after a short battle with Breast Cancer. The conversation, as it sometimes does, turned to books and that’s when one of the women said to us “you girls all need to read this book.” She was referring to Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells. A few days later, I grabbed a copy of the book and found myself immersed in the Southern Ya-Ya’s lives and it turned out to be the perfect uplifting read.

So I find it interesting that the first book I decided to read after my own Mother’s death was The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton. As it turns out, just like in that hotel room way back in 2000, I would definitely recommend this book to my girlfriends.

In the novel, the year was 1968 and Frankie, the narrator, had just moved to California from the Mid West. At a park across from her house, she meets four other women, Linda, Ally, Kath and Brett, who begin meeting for playdates with their young children. As they watched the Miss America pageant (which becomes a favorite annual event) Linda comes up with the idea of starting a writing group and every Wednesday meet at the park to discuss their writing, and the Wednesday Sisters were born. What starts as a weekly get-together becomes a life long bonding ritual for the five women.

Even though I would clasify The Wednesday Sisters as a light read, very often the author touched upon some hefty subjects including racism, the Vietnam War, the American Space Race and Cancer. The mention of some of these historical and pop-culture references set the pace of the novel quite nicely and I could relate easily to the characters and the minefields we all have to trudge through when trying to connect with our peers.

I mostly identified to Frankie, who even though was a promising student in high school, wasn’t able to go to college since her father only made it a priority that his son’s attended. Frankie says:

I imagined my tombstone: simple gray marble with perhaps an angel carved at the top; BELOVED WIFE AND LOVING MOTHER; CHERISHED DAUGHTER AND SISTER. It ought to be enough. But all those years I’d watched my brothers go off to college – I didn’t know if I could spend my whole life that way, playing the supporting role, having no part of me that wasn’t defined by my relation to someone else.

Don’t we all feel a little like that sometimes?

I guess my only beef with this book was the fact that it was too short. It is a lot of information to sqeeze into 280 pages, and yet I felt that all the characters could have been a little more vivid given some more time on the page.

Does this sound like a book you would like to read? Lucky you then, since the publisher sent me an extra hard cover copy to giveaway! If your interested, just leave a comment on this post by midnight EST time on Monday, July 28th. For an additional chance, mention this contest on your blog (linking back to this post) and you’ll get an extra entry! I’ll pick a name on Tuesday the 29th so hurry up (and Nicole, you aren’t eligible since I’d be happy to share my copy with you)!

Oh, and check out these other reviews of The Wednesday Sisters: Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin’?, Lesa’s Book Critiques and Lesley’s Book Nook!

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92 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2008 11:34 pm

    Please throw my name in the hat for The Wednesday Sisters! Thank You!
    ~K

  2. July 21, 2008 11:38 pm

    I would love to win this book! I’ve been seeing rave reviews everywhere. 🙂

  3. July 21, 2008 11:56 pm

    Okay, I’m feeling greedy. I want a chance at this one too!

  4. Kimmy L permalink
    July 22, 2008 12:09 am

    I’d love to win. Please enter me.

  5. July 22, 2008 12:10 am

    I wasn’t that interested in this one even though I’ve seen great reviews everywhere, but your review has had me have second thoughts. So count me in!

  6. July 22, 2008 12:27 am

    I’ve been quite interested in reading this book, since almost all the reviews I have read have been very positive. Please enter my name! 🙂

  7. July 22, 2008 12:32 am

    I’ve seen that around and been intrigued. 🙂 Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  8. July 22, 2008 1:51 am

    This sounds like a fantastic read. I haven’t heard of it before, but it’s definitely going on my TBR list! Please enter me in your giveaway!

  9. July 22, 2008 5:01 am

    I’ve been looking for a new book to read and this one sounds like it would be what I’m looking for. I tend to go for the light reads. Great giveaway!

  10. July 22, 2008 5:52 am

    It sounds like a good book to read, I certainly enjoyed the Ya-ya sisters!

  11. July 22, 2008 6:16 am

    Hi Stephanie,

    I would love to be entered for this. In exchange, I’ll be happy to let you know that I, too, am hosting a book giveaway right now. I have seven book from the three authors I interviewed this summer. Feel free to stop by and check it out!

  12. Margay permalink
    July 22, 2008 6:32 am

    I’ve been hearing a lot of great buzz about this book. I’d love a chance to win it.

  13. July 22, 2008 7:18 am

    Okay, I won’t enter the contest. But, I’d really love to borrow that one.

  14. July 22, 2008 7:47 am

    Oh, this sounds like a good one! I’d love a chance to win. Thanks!!

  15. Laura permalink
    July 22, 2008 7:58 am

    This is high on my TBR list right now, and I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the contest!!

  16. July 22, 2008 8:54 am

    I have this book on my TBR list and now I really can’t wait to read it. I don’t need to be in the contest – I am happy to get the book from the library.

  17. July 22, 2008 10:07 am

    This sounds great. I am certainly interested and would like to be entered into the contest. Thanks!

  18. Pam permalink
    July 22, 2008 10:09 am

    This looks like a wonderful book, I’d love to win it!

  19. July 22, 2008 10:12 am

    Throw my name into the hat. It will save me from having to get it at the library. 🙂

  20. July 22, 2008 10:16 am

    I have this book (thanks to Trish at Hey, Lady!) but still have not read it- anyway, no need to enter my name in the contest. It sounds great and I’m moving it up in my TBR stack.

    Stephanie, I’m so sorry about your mom. I’ve been behind on blog reading for a few weeks due to vacation and kids being home from school so I missed the original post about it. I knew your mom had been ill, from your emails awhile back, but did not know she was gone. My heart breaks for you and I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. July 22, 2008 10:19 am

    The book sounds great. I would love a copy. Count me in. 🙂

  22. July 22, 2008 10:34 am

    I’d love to win this book.

    Silly me for not checking in w/ this blog regarding your mom. My heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family. I really appreciated your kind words when my papa passed and please know that I am here for you. My papa was one month, 1 day shy of his birthday as well.

    I still keep him close to me and hear his voice everyday.

    Much love and many hugs,
    Gen

    This blog is now on my faves list.

  23. July 22, 2008 10:36 am

    Definitely sounds like an interesting book! Count me in.

  24. Joanne Morrone permalink
    July 22, 2008 10:48 am

    Please throw my name in for the copy of The Wednesday Sisters Review.

  25. July 22, 2008 11:32 am

    Okay, I think I’ve entered (and lost) two other giveaways for this very book. I WANT IT! (Perhaps the third time is the charm, eh?)

  26. July 22, 2008 11:38 am

    Sounds good! Add me to the pile! 🙂

    Here’s my post: http://sueysbooks.blogspot.com/2008/07/abundance-of-giveaways.html

  27. July 22, 2008 11:51 am

    Sounds like an interesting book! I love when a book just fits perfectly into your mood and timing. Thanks for the contest!

  28. July 22, 2008 1:12 pm

    I’d love to be entered for this draw if it’s open to Canada.

  29. July 22, 2008 1:16 pm

    This sounds great! Count me in! Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. July 22, 2008 1:55 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this book before. Thanks for your review…it sounds like a good book 🙂

  31. Kam A permalink
    July 22, 2008 1:58 pm

    I have read a lot of reviews of this book and am definitely interested in reading it 🙂

  32. readerville permalink
    July 22, 2008 2:37 pm

    Count me in! Sounds like this one has potential.

  33. July 22, 2008 3:18 pm

    This books sounds like a great read – please count me in on the draw. I am off to post about your giveaway on my blog. Thanks

  34. July 22, 2008 4:29 pm

    I’ve seen so many great reviews of this. Trish’s at Hey Lady REALLY made me want to read it. Please throw my name in the hat, then come over to my blog and enter MY giveaway!

    I’ll post about yours in the morning (I wanna let mine be the top post for a while.)

  35. July 22, 2008 5:07 pm

    No need to enter me… I’m just letting you know I blogged about this over at Win a Book. Hope it brings some attention to a great-sounding book!

  36. July 22, 2008 6:56 pm

    I’d love to be entered. I’ve heard a lot about this book: I’d been thinking it sounded like a “light read” or “chick lit” at first, but with all these reviews, it sounds like more than that…I may like it after all…

  37. July 22, 2008 7:16 pm

    Please enter me! I’ve wanted to read this book since I first saw it reviewed.

  38. shesjustsayin permalink
    July 22, 2008 9:18 pm

    I’d love to be entered. I’ve wanted to read this book since I first saw it.

  39. Elizabeth M. permalink
    July 22, 2008 9:37 pm

    Yes, it absolutely does sound like a book I’d love to read! Please include me in the drawing.

  40. July 23, 2008 1:51 am

    Please add my name to the contest. I have seen the book reviews at a couple spots. Saw the book trailer on youtube .

  41. July 23, 2008 3:51 am

    Sounds like something I would love, I live in belgium though, so I’m not sure if I qualify. If I do then please add my name! 🙂

  42. moonmaiden permalink
    July 23, 2008 8:42 am

    I’d love to read this 🙂 *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  43. July 23, 2008 10:07 am

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book! The Ya-Ya Sisterhood and the Red Hat Club books have helped pull me out of many bad moods and sad days so this is certainly intriguing me.

  44. Janel permalink
    July 23, 2008 10:36 am

    Please enter me in the contest. I’d love to win this. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  45. Archana permalink
    July 23, 2008 11:38 am

    I have read only good reviews of Wednesday Sister. Please count me in for the draw. Thanks,

    Archana
    archuprabhu[at]hotmail[dot]com

  46. Kathy Conley permalink
    July 23, 2008 12:31 pm

    Sounds like a great summer read and I could sure use and uplift myself!

  47. July 23, 2008 12:53 pm

    I would love to be entered into your contest.

  48. Gwendolyn permalink
    July 23, 2008 2:25 pm

    I’m really anxious to get my hands a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

  49. Alison Rees permalink
    July 23, 2008 3:25 pm

    This sounds like a great book!! Please enter me!

  50. israel y permalink
    July 23, 2008 4:32 pm

    love to read this book, thanks!

  51. July 23, 2008 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I blogged about it here:

    http://blog.literarily.com/2008/07/21/giveaways.aspx

  52. Linda Peters permalink
    July 23, 2008 10:04 pm

    would love to read this, thanks

  53. Anita Yancey permalink
    July 23, 2008 10:28 pm

    Sounds like a great book. Would love to read it. Please enter me.

  54. July 24, 2008 6:40 am

    Do enter me too!

    Thanks!

  55. linafeo permalink
    July 24, 2008 9:55 am

    enter me please

  56. Amandasue H permalink
    July 24, 2008 4:04 pm

    Sounds like a good book, I’m puting it on my list of books to read.

  57. July 24, 2008 4:33 pm

    throw me into the hat, i’d love to win this book!!!! thanks for the giveaway!!!

  58. July 24, 2008 7:41 pm

    Sign me up! I’d love to read this one. 🙂

  59. judy brittle permalink
    July 24, 2008 9:13 pm

    Yes this is a book I want to read. I grew up in the Midwest in the 60’s. Must have been written for me.

  60. Lisa permalink
    July 24, 2008 9:50 pm

    I would love to read this book. Sounds like a book I could share with my best friend who also likes to read.

  61. July 24, 2008 11:36 pm

    This does sound like a great book. I liked your comments about the right book at the right time. When I was in college I started to read Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros but never finished it. Then when I was on vacation last summer I flew through it and loved it. At first I wondered how I possibly could have put it down the first time, but it just wasn’t the right time yet!

    I also love the picture that you have on the top of your blog!

    I mentioned your contest on my blog http://mrsvsreviews.blogspot.com/2008/07/book-giveaways.html

  62. July 25, 2008 5:27 am

    Sounds like a neat read!

  63. Flora Presley permalink
    July 25, 2008 11:41 am

    A friend and I were discussing books just this past week and I was feeling guilty that all I’ve been reading are “mind candy”. This sounds like something with substance.

  64. Carol permalink
    July 25, 2008 3:20 pm

    This sounds good! Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  65. Yessenia permalink
    July 25, 2008 5:47 pm

    This book sounds very interesting hope i win so i can read it!!

  66. July 25, 2008 7:38 pm

    I’ve been hearing and reading a lot of rave reviews about this book. Totally included it in my TBR. I hope I can find a copy of my own.

    If you’re sending international, please toss my name in the hat please.

    thank you very much. 🙂

  67. July 26, 2008 10:24 am

    woot wooot wooot.
    enter me. I would love to read that book.
    Thanks

  68. Carla Pullum permalink
    July 26, 2008 11:39 am

    Would love to read this book!

  69. Cindi permalink
    July 26, 2008 3:58 pm

    Hi, You have my empathy on the loss of your mom. I lost mine in 2000. God bless. Please enter me in your book drawing. I really appreciate it. Thanks, Cindi

  70. July 26, 2008 11:47 pm

    I can’t remember if I signed up, so watch to make sure I’m not on your list twice — please do add me if I’m not there. I don’t think I’ve found a book that resonated for me after my mother’s death, although The Book of Dahlia described the horror of cancer and the way people react perfectly. If only the book hadn’t been so vulgar, I probably would have really liked it. But, no. Too vulgar. Hope you’re doing well. 🙂

  71. Lynn permalink
    July 27, 2008 10:02 am

    Please enter me for a copy of the Wednesday Sisters.

    Funny, I think I’ve downplayed my cancer for so long when I hear stories of the horror of cancer, they don’t relate. Maybe I’m still in denial. (Although my swollen arm from Lymodemia should wake me up soon. 🙂 )

  72. Dawn permalink
    July 27, 2008 12:32 pm

    I’ve been eyeing this book since I first saw it offered on LibraryThing; please add my name to the drawing!

  73. Pamela White permalink
    July 27, 2008 1:45 pm

    I would love to read this book. When my son died I found comfort in books.

  74. Lisa C permalink
    July 27, 2008 5:37 pm

    This sounds right up my alley and I would love to read it. Please enter me…thanks.

  75. July 27, 2008 6:02 pm

    I already entered this, but I just posted about it on my blog so I’d love that extra entry. 🙂 Here’s the post: http://heatherlo.wordpress.com/2008/07/27/an-award-some-giveaways/

  76. July 28, 2008 12:49 pm

    Phew – just made the deadline – please count me in, I’d love to win a copy of this one!!

    Thanks!
    Kim

  77. July 28, 2008 2:31 pm

    I’ve been dying to read this book!

  78. kathy pease permalink
    July 28, 2008 8:23 pm

    PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY 🙂

  79. Kristen Hendricks permalink
    July 28, 2008 9:57 pm

    I would really like to win The Wednesday Sisters. It sounds like a very interesting book and I would love to be able to read it. This is a great giveaway. Thanks.

  80. danielle permalink
    July 28, 2008 10:01 pm

    I would love to read this book.

  81. kerri r permalink
    July 28, 2008 10:37 pm

    i would love to read this i lost both parents to cancer at a young age and this books would be a good read

  82. Charlene Kuser permalink
    July 29, 2008 2:10 am

    I would love to read the Wednesday Sister’s
    Please enter me and thanks for the giveaway.
    Like the layout of your blog!

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