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The Wednesday sisters : a novel, Meg Waite Clayton

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The Wednesday sisters : a novel
Title
The Wednesday sisters
Title remainder
a novel
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Meg Waite Clayton
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Language
eng
Summary
From their first meeting during the turbulent summer of 1968, five young California mothers--Frankie, Linda, Brett, Ali, and Kath--form a sister-like bond as they confront the ups and downs of life and pursue their mutual dreams of becoming writers
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  • Set during the summer of 1968 in Palo Alto, California, Clayton's novel chronicles the lives of five women who conduct a weekly writing group at their neighborhood park. Frankie is an unassuming midwesterner whose inventor husband brings them to the burgeoning Silicon Valley. She meets Linda, the all-American athlete; Kath, the southern belle; Brett, the enigmatic scientist; and Ally, the shy bohemian. The women share their feelings about marriage and motherhood and together mourn the assassination of Robert Kennedy and watch as man walks on the moon and feminists protest the Miss America pageant. They support one another through illness, infertility, racism, and infidelity—and encourage each other through publishers' rejections. Readers will be swept up by this moving novel about female friendship and enthralled by the recounting of a pivotal year in American history as seen through these young women's eyes. -- Walker, Aleksandra (Reviewed 04-15-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 16, p26)
  • 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) --Staff (Reviewed March 3, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 9, p28)
  • A story of female friendship in Palo Alto evokes the '60s, including the stirrings of second-wave feminism.Beauty-pageant protests, inequality for female athletes, daughters denied educational opportunities and many other not-so-subtle reminders of how far we've come pepper Clayton's predictable second novel (The Language of Light, 2003), which brings together Frankie, Linda, Kath, Brett and Ally in a Californian park in 1967. Their friendship inspires a writing group, The Wednesday Sisters Writing Society, and also a support network as crises come and go: There are Ally's miscarriages; Linda's health scare; Kath's marriage problems. The women share confessions, rifts and revelations which edge them toward greater achievement, while behind them a stream of iconic '60s moments—the Olympic Black Power salute; the moon landing—and books (Love Story, The French Lieutenant's Woman) add period flavor. Characterized mainly by their problems, the friends inevitably undergo life changes by the end of the story: Ally finally gives birth; Linda runs a mini-marathon but suffers a medical setback; two-timed Kath starts a career; Brett writes an impressive novel; and narrator Frankie, who also publishes a novel, finally gets a college education.Formulaic. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2008)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
273577
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Clayton, Meg Waite
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3603.L45
LC item number
W43 2008
Literary form
fiction
NLM call number
Clayton, M.
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Wednesday novels
Series volume
0001
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  • Housewives
  • Housewives as authors
  • Female friendship
  • Nineteen sixties
  • Palo Alto (Calif.)
  • Nineteen sixties
  • Female friendship
  • Housewives
  • Housewives as authors
  • Nineteen sixties
  • California
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The Wednesday sisters : a novel, Meg Waite Clayton
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
ocn176950021
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9780345518736
Lccn
2008010627
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)176950021
Label
The Wednesday sisters : a novel, Meg Waite Clayton
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn176950021
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9780345518736
Lccn
2008010627
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)176950021

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