I loved the historical setting of this book – the late 1960s and early 1970s. Not so long ago, but it is a time I never lived through, and one that historical fiction doesn’t often cover. I learned a lot about the events of the time through the eyes of these women. There were the obvious events, such as Robert Kennedy being shot and man’s first walk on the moon. Then there were other events I had never heard of, like rioting outside the Miss America pageant and the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics. Learning about them in The Wednesday Sisters was less like a history lesson and more like living them.
And I loved how these five women formed a writing society, critiquing and encouraging each other. Spurring each other onto success. Writing as catharsis and healing and discovery. It made me want to get my old notebooks out and start writing again.
The only complaint that I have about this book was that it was over too soon. Frankie, Ally, Linda, Kath, and Brett have an enduring friendship and more life to live. I want to continue looking through my window into their lives for a very long time.