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Meg Waite Clayton

Author of The Wednesday Sisters

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About the Author

Meg Waite Clayton is an American author, and a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. She has written for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Runner's World and public radio, frequently on the particular challenges that women face. show more Her first novel, The Language of Light, was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (now the PEN/Bellwether). She has also written The Race for Paris, The Wednesday Daughters, The Four Ms. Bradwells, and The Wednesday Sisters. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Meg Waite Clayton

The Wednesday Sisters (2008) 1,082 copies
The Last Train to London (2019) 463 copies
Beautiful Exiles (2018) 308 copies
The Postmistress of Paris (2021) 293 copies
The Four Ms. Bradwells (2011) 229 copies
The Race for Paris (2015) 211 copies
The Wednesday Daughters (2013) 205 copies
The Language of Light (2003) 80 copies

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I wanted to like this book. Interesting topic, based on a real-life heroine who spent ww2 using her obscene wealth to get people out of occupied France, save them from the Nazis, etc, but I could not warm to the main character. As the author described her she comes across as soulless, caring most for her dog of all the other characters.
The author’s created characters also seem oddly unemotional. The situation they are in is frequently dire and yet the tension only raises once during their escape- there is never any doubt that with the heroine’s money and American papers all will come
To right.
Tiny bit annoying to have everyone say how she was safe because she has those US papers, like everyone involved genuflected at anyone who said they were American. And of course the American woman was more competent than all of the other women who didn’t have the magic papers and yet did the same or more dangerous work.
There’s a stuffed kangaroo that is inserted for increased twee. And the male hero insists on carrying his films with him everywhere despite the danger to him and his child if he does so.
A story of the privileged during ww2, living in chateaus and hosting parties. It galled a bit with the backdrop of the bombing of Ukraine.
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Dabble58 | 15 other reviews | Nov 11, 2023 |
I had to give up on this one. I've read a couple others by Meg Waite Clayton and enjoyed them, but I just found my mind wandering while listening and I couldn't stay focused on the story. This may be one of those instances where the audio format wasn't the best choice for me.
indygo88 | 20 other reviews | Oct 28, 2023 |
I really liked this book. It made me think of my best friends and the bond of friendship among women. Meg captures all of that beautifully. The other thing I really appreciated about this book is it wasn't a male bashing - woman's power sort of book. There are good men in it, great men and a crappy man. I am so sick of books that make women perfect and men the root of all evil. Loved that.
MsTera | 177 other reviews | Oct 10, 2023 |
Jewish Book Award Finalist
P.S - Insights, Interviews & More…. Section at end of book
JimandMary69 | 20 other reviews | Aug 16, 2023 |



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