Friday, May 21, 2010
The Wednesday Sisters
I think ultimately the relationships in The Wednesday Sisters, written by Meg Waite Clayton are what makes me love it.
It took me about a month to read this book... life spews stuff at me like water from a firehose; about six months to pick it up... my kids gave it to me for my birthday in 2009, and my list of must-read books was LONG but today I finished it. I thoroughly enjoyed The Wednesday Sisters. It surprised me to realize, in the second-to-last chapter that I was laughing out loud right through my tears. The last time I cried at the end of a book was in January 2009 with The Book Thief. The Wednesday Sisters is touching, funny and mostly a story about women with dreams for themselves that they are struggling to reach for--it reminded me of Whitney's Dare to Dream website, and the gift she has to urge women forward. The Wednesday Sisters is set in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was just as fascinating to remember the pivotal events that took place during this small window in time as it was to be along for the ride as these women friends struggled through the timeless challenges of infidelity, infertility, awareness of body flaws, cancer and coming of age in a time when it was a scary thing to be a woman and reach for a dream. It's hard to believe that life for women just a few decades ago was so much more restricted than it is today. Although the story is fiction, the history surrounding the story is full of fascinating and important events. I was born in the 1960s and feel as though I've lost sight of the fact that just in my lifetime, women are able to reach for the stars in ways that were unimaginable when I was a baby. I'm grateful for my busload of women friends and thankful that they'll take the ride with me.