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The Online Buzz

Thanks to the many wonderful bloggers and other online sources who've taken the time to spread the Wednesday Sisters word!

I Think I Read a Book About That
I loved The Wednesday Sisters. … I quickly came to love all of the women, seeing a little of myself or a close friends or family member in each of them. I love the support group the women give each other through their honest critiques of their writing pieces. The book has a thread of femininity and feminism unique to the 60s on first glance but many of their struggles with equality are still relevant today.

One Persons Journey through a World of Books
…excellent characters that I not only could relate too, but almost wished that I too could be a Wednesday Sister and join them as they discuss children and husbands, lives and dreams … I loved Linda's strong personality, Kath's sweet heart, Ally's insecurities, Brett's secret heartache, and Frankie's wisdom. These five made a group that was a delight to read about! I even pulled a couple ideas out of the book to use for our book club including one great idea to have a "come as your favorite fiction character" party. I already know who I will be … A HIGH FIVE rating!

Curled Up With a Good Book
This is a dream book for a book club … or for anyone who loves to read and aspires to write. A story of friendship and history, love and misery, success and failure, The Wednesday Sisters is a delightful tale for readers young and old. … Readers will cherish and want to share Meg Waite Clayton's story with all their good friends. She has written a book lover's book, a writer's delight, and a friendship's friend.

The Loud Librarian
This is a lovely portrait of the relationships between women, and how women in the 1960s viewed themselves as opposed to today's culture. I loved reading of their writing triumphs … A well-written, engaging novel in the vein of all the "book group, knitting club" books, but well above so many others. Recommended!

Book Club Queen
Meg Waite Clayton writes a story readers will cherish and want to share with all their good friends. She has written a book-lover's book, a writer's delight, and a friendship's friend. This is a book club's dream and for anyone who loves to read and aspires to write. I highly recommend this book - it's one you don't want to miss! - Karen Haney

S. Krishna's Books - December 28, 2008
In many ways, The Wednesday Sisters is a coming of age novel - these women grow along with their country. I highly recommend this book - it's one you don't want to miss!

Book Addiction - December 10, 2008
I LOVED this book. I was hooked on the characters and the story from page 1 and read it in two sittings. This is a fabulous story for women, for friends, … for a heck of a lot of people … My only complaint? The book was too short! I could have read a few hundred more pages about these women, I liked them that much.

Granny Sue's News and Reviews - November 6, 2008
Meg Waite Clayton's story of [the Wednesday Sister's] friendship against the backdrop of the social turmoil of the sixties and seventies is the backbone of the story; their individual growth … is what drives the story forward, and what kept me reading until almost midnight … I finished the book just as NPR was predicting Barak Obama's victory. The triumph of that moment was underscored by the story I had just read. We've come a long way, baby.

Howard County Library - October 30, 2008
…moving and heartbreaking, the story is also humorous, illustrating the strong bond that forms between friends.

Obsessed with Books - October 20, 2008
The Wednesday Sisters inspired in me a yearning to have such a sisterhood of my own. The author speaks to the loneliness and wish for accomplishment, friendship and personal growth that is present in all of us. Though the story starts in the late 1960s the themes of self-discovery, dreams, prejudices, and disappointments are familiar no matter what era you live in. Weaved into the story Clayton also confronts many stereotypical ideas of the time related to gender, race, and science, an admirable and bold literary effort. This is a book I never knew I wanted to read but was waiting for to find me.

Book Escape - October 13, 2008
I have to agree, this was a good one! It was fascinating to read how five white suburban housewives in the 60s reacted to the Vietnam War, civil rights issues, and the women's movement. They didn't always react as I thought they would and I enjoyed watching the women change over time. They faced their preconceived ideas and grew from them. It was really well done. I think this was my favorite part of the whole novel. I would love for my mother to read this one and talk to her about these issues.

Bookish Ruth - August 31, 2008
Meg Waite Clayton did an excellent job in creating vivid, interesting characters and showing how their lives changed as a result of their friendships and the turbulent times in which they lived. This is a fun, easy read, but there's also a lot of meat to the story. It's sure to be a popular choice for book clubs. I wouldn't be surprised to see The Wednesday Sisters on the silver screen at some point. This inspirational story of the power of friendship has a wide appeal.

In Laurie's Mind - August 25, 2008
… a great summer read, particularly for the daughters of these 1960s women who are now young mothers, wives, writers, and businesswomen.

Fractured Friendships - August 2, 2008
Clayton has written an engaging story that deftly balances strong characters and an interesting account of the socio-political context of the times.… You'll find yourself laughing and crying with the sisters, wishing you were surrounded with an any-day-of-the-week group of your own.

Palm Beach Post - July 21, 2008
At its core, the book is about friendship—that incredible bond among the very lucky women out there that find "their group." It's about the very stuff you and your girls dish about … As they change their political ideas, improve their writing, try to publish books, start to feel that maybe women can do great things and always, always support each other, they become women that I recognize and would want to have as friends. And yes, a few times toward the end, I did find myself waving my hand in front of my face frenetically, which is what I do when I don't feel like crying … It's lovely and sweet and I'm fairly sure you'll fall under its charm.

Leafing Through Life - July 13, 2008
The easy, simple writing style is deceptive, as there is just so much here. Clayton's book asks the questions about womanhood that continue to be relevant today, questions about what really makes a woman. A child? A family? A career? A dream?

eBooks About - June 27, 2008
The story is about women and friendship. As the world around them changes these women are busy building relationships with each other and with books. It is about family. The ones we come from and the ones we create. It is about awaking, change and growth. It is also laugh out loud funny and tear-jerkingly sad. So grab your suntan lotion, your favorite drink and a bag of chips, sit in your favorite lounge chair and prepare to enjoy!

Mainstream Fiction - June 21, 2008
This historical sisterhood tale is an engaging look at the beginning of the "You've come a long way baby" feminist movement that brought women into many fields previously taboo epitomized by Hilary's run (the next one will go all the way).

Breaking the Spine - June 19, 2008
I started reading this morning and read straight through the day, finishing the final pages with chill bumps on my legs and tears in my eyes. It's truly a wonderful read.

Not Afraid of the F Word - June 16, 2008
I loved, devoured, fell under the spell of The Wednesday Sisters! I felt like a 6th sister … it's just a fabulous story, I can't say enough good things about it. You will love this book … the women are strong and flawed and honest. They grow and wonder and become who they need to be but not necessarily who they thought they'd be. Buy several copies … give them to your friends, your sisters, your moms. You'll see yourself in these pages and at the end you'll find all sorts of things to celebrate.

Booking Mama - June 16, 2008
I laughed and cried with these characters as they worked through their problems and found themselves through writing. I couldn't put the book down. I have a feeling that this is going to be a big book club selection within the next year because there are so many wonderful things to discuss.

The Sleepy Reader - June 16, 2008
These ladies are amazing friends to one another. This was a heartwarming and touching novel and I highly recommend it.

Caribous Mom - June 10, 2008
Clayton has done something amazing with her cast of characters … she has encapsulated women at their best and worst, with all their shortcomings and strengths … and has given us a novel with which women will identify. At the end of this novel, I did something I rarely do … I sobbed. Not because of sadness, but because I felt touched by the lives of these women.

The Bookworm - June 8, 2008
I laughed out loud in parts of it and got teary eyed in other parts too. This is the type of book, that if done right, would be a great film. I am passing this book on to my own sister and can't wait for her to read it so we can discuss it too.

Lori's Reading Corner - June 6, 2008
I laughed with them and I cried with them and I didn't want the book to end. And when I finished, I emailed all of my best girlfriends just to tell them I love them. This book is a must read for any woman with girlfriends! A+

Outside of a Dog - June 2, 2008
An excellent book of the power of women's friendships, this is also a story of how these women, young mothers at the end of the 1960s, each react differently to the women's liberation movement and other cultural upheavals of that time.

Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? - May 31, 2008
What was best about this book? The author was able to make me laugh and cry at the exact same time. The Wednesday Sisters are real. They are you and me.

Kylee's Book Blog - May 30, 2008
This isn't only a book about the relationships these women have with each other, but also about their relationships with BOOKS! There are so many things that I want to say about The Wednesday Sisters, but I don't want to give away all of the best/juicy parts. This is a must read!

From My Bookshelf - May 28, 2008
I think Meg Waite Clayton describes her own book best, when the Wednesday Sisters are critiquing Brett's book and Frankie asks, "How did you make it so funny and so touching at the same time? … It's a little bit of magic, that." When I read that line, I thought the exact same thing about The Wednesday Sisters.

A Novel Idea - May 27, 2008
Author Meg Waite Clayton hit the nail on the head with this one! What can I say about The Wednesday Sisters without squeeing? The Wednesday Sisters really touched something in me … both their experiences writing and their experiences outside of writing. I highly recommend it to all women, to aspiring writers, and to friends, or anyone with friends. So, everyone, basically.

Lesa's Book Critiques - May 26, 2008
In a book perfect for book clubs, Meg Waite Clayton tells the story of five young women, wives and mothers, who find each other, and a lifelong friendship, in a children's park in Palo Alto, California.

My Journey Through Reading - May 25, 2008
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!

Mermaids - May 24, 2008
This book seemed to have a magical quality — Reading The Wednesday Sisters is like making five new friends.

As usual, I need More Bookshelves - May 24, 2008
Clayton's writing style was warm and engaging, and I found myself quickly drawn into the lives of these 5 women. I hope to read more by this author in the future!

Kinnic Reads - May 18, 2008
I could identify with each of the Wednesday Sisters for different reasons, and found myself chuckling with the funny happenings and my heart welling up when the times got hard … I loved reading this book and will not only recommend it to others, but will also read it again myself.

Mrs. Magoo Reads - April 24, 2008
…a great novel about friendship and hopes. This is an inspiring story that will tug at your emotions and engage your intellect.