Wednesday, March 16, 2011

{Between the Pages: The Wednesday Sisters}

A coming of age book for young moms, The Wednesday Sisters is a novel by Meg Waite Clayton set in the late 1960s/early 1970s drawing together five young women as they grapple with their pasts, motherhood, marriage, their dreams and their futures, all while getting caught up in a friendship that would define their individuality and their spirit.

The Wednesday Sisters brings together women whose friendship is created in a park with their children.  Accrued by their curiosity of one of the friend's oddity, the women weave a friendship that fosters their growth personally, professionally, and profoundly for future generations by virtue of the book's culture-changing backdrop.

I thoroughly enjoyed this piece of literature.  I found the characters to be entirely relatable, and while I felt drawn to some more than others, I appreciated the way Clayton told their stories and explored their faults and strengths while keeping their dignity even when there was little left to keep.

Like Frankie, the novel's voice, I could sympathize with what life is like as a woman from the Midwest living in a new environment and enjoying the company of women whose backgrounds are quite different from my own.  I was immediately drawn in.

I also found myself completely compelled by their desire to write and dream.  Since moving away from home I have fostered my niche for story-telling, and in doing so have found my own voice.  These women find theirs through each other's love, friendship, encouragement, and persuasive pushing.  It is a beautiful story of growth.

I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys an uplifting book about the sisterhood of friendship, women's empowerment, and female self-discovery.  It's a story of encouragement in following your dreams.  A testament to the saying, "It's about the journey, not the destination."  A narrative that has left me inspired to write a novel of my own.  Truly a great read.  Thank you, Susie, for passing it my way!

[GiVe AwAy: I'm done! The book is yours if you're the first to comment for request.]

LaUrA, tHe BooK iS yOurS. CoNgrAtS & eNjoY!

1 comment:

The Deters said...

This sounds like a great book, Brooke! I think it is even better that it has inspired you, too! You have great voice in your writing on your blog, so I know a novel would be amazing!


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