The Wednesday Group (2000)
The Wednesday Group (2000)
4.46 of 5 Votes: 4
1250051886 (ISBN13: 9781250051882)
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Sylvia True has written a wonderful book about marriage, trust, and friendship. Initially I was worried that I would be reading with one hand over my eyes -would there be uncomfortable sex scenes? - but happily, I came away with a warm and positive feeling that friendship and introspection can trump feelings of betrayal. Anyone who has been married will recognize parts of their relationship in what these women reveal. I definitely recommend this book! Meet Hannah, Gail, Lizzy, Bridget, and Flavia -- five very different women whose lives might have never intersected under ordinary circumstances. If they had, it is almost certain they’d have been anything but friends. Yet, these women share a painful secret that brings them together in a weekly support group. Their husbands are sex addicts. There’s Hannah who finds it impossible to open up and share with the other members of the group, and Flavia, an immigrant, who worries her broken English will impede her communication with the women. Then, there’s Gail. The eldest and most refined of the group, she insists that her marriage is on the mend after therapy and the benefit of other types of groups. She’s a sharp contrast to the much-younger and less refined Bridget, who hurls out vulgar obscenities to display her anger and mask her pain. Lizzy’s biggest concern is that her husband is no longer attracted to her. Together, they navigate through the rage and pain of betrayal, even as their husbands’ lies continue to unwind and wreak havoc in their daily lives. Debut author Sylvia True has created a masterpiece with “The Wednesday Group.” The subject of sexual addiction has never been touched upon with such intelligence and class, focusing on the effects of the infidelity aspect instead of the actual sex. In the book, Hannah remarks to herself that “if she had to come up with a word that was the antonym of the word love, it would be addiction.” However, betrayal is universal, and Sylvia True does a brilliant job of creating diverse characters who bond over their shared secrets and pain. True’s writing in “The Wednesday Group” has been dubbed “cinematic.” Her book has been labeled “riveting” and “absorbing” by other reviewers and authors alike. And the praise isn’t unearned. She seems to know what to write and how to write it. Sylvia True doesn’t waste time on boring, rambling narration. She lets the characters reveal themselves through smart, realistic dialogue and honest interior monologue. The decision to write in third person present tense was a daring one, one that can prove terminal in books by new writers. It can be hard to read and even harder to write. But True didn’t just pull it off. She nailed it. Her choice of point-of-view and tense is what makes the story so riveting, absorbing, and cinematic.“The Wednesday Group” isn’t a must-read. Too many books have that designation. Instead, “The Wednesday Group” is a soon-to-be favorite. That’s why you’ll want to make sure you read it.
A friend recommended. Addictive book and interesting topic.
Men could learn something from this.
Loved the story an character's.
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