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The Wednesday sisters : a novel
Clayton, Meg Waite.
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From Publishers' Weekly:

In her light second novel, Clayton chronicles a group of mothers who convene in a Palo Alto park and share their changing lives as the late 1960s counterculture blossoms around them. Linda is a runner who tracks women's progress at the Olympics. Brett has one eye on the moon, where men are living out her astronaut dreams. Southern belle Kath isn't convinced she has dreams outside the confines of her marriage (but she's open to persuasion), while quiet Ally only hopes for what the other women already have: a child. Frankie, a Chicago transplant who has followed her computer genius husband to a nascent Silicon Valley, is the story's narrator and the ladies' ringleader, inspiring them all to follow her dream of becoming a writer. They write in moments snatched from their household chores and share their stories in the park. Though the narration and story lines are so syrupy they verge on hokey, Clayton ably conjures the era's details and captures the women's changing roles in a world that expects little of them. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Verdict: Clayton's well-developed characters embody the best and the worst qualities in all women. They are endearing, infuriating, and real, so much so that you won't want to say good-bye to them when this engaging book ends. Background: In the spirit of lady lit classics like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Hot Flash Club, and The Knitting Circle, this book celebrates the loyalty and love that lays at the heart of women's friendships. Frankie, Linda, Brett, Ally, and Kath are young marrieds when they meet in 1967. Their lives are rooted in convention even though the world is in chaos, what with men walking on the moon, feminists protesting the Miss America Pageant, and war raging in Vietnam. But the Wednesday Sisters, as they come to call themselves, share a love of writing and literature that helps them transcend the hardships of their daily lives, which include infertility, adultery, illness, prejudice, and failure.--Jeanne Bogino, New Lebanon Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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