Book Review: The Wednesday Group
This is the kind of book you'll want to read to feel better about whatever unfortunate event in life you may be facing. Because it could always be worse.
The Wednesday Group (named such because of the day of the week a group of women meet for a support group) has all the makings for a great saga.
These women's lives range from that of a high profile judge to a housewife but they all have something in common: sadness.
They are seeking the help of psychiatrist Catherine to cope with the fact that their husbands are self proclaimed sex addicts. Some are addicted to porn, others are addicted to casual sex and others may or may not be gay, but all are struggling to save their marriages.
How much unhappiness is too much? How many times can you go to bed crying? How long do you stay in a loveless marriage? These women are trying to discover just how much the heart can endure.
What I liked the most about the story is that all of the the women don't know each other at the beginning. They start coming to the meetings not knowing the others' stories or lives but slowly, they open up to each other and quickly find they are not alone. What an amazing feeling, suddenly realizing that the storm you've been experience is something others can empathize with and help you through.
The thing I didn't enjoy about The Wednesday Group is the ending. It was one of those stories where I think the author wanted to leave the stories up to the imagination of the reader. But that's just not what I want in a book. Especially this kind of story, where I fall in love with the characters. They became my little sister, or aunt or dear friend. I needed to know if they were going to be okay in the end. And I didn't get that ending, so here I am, still wondering. But I guess that's the mark of a good writer, isn't it? Writing such a story that stays with the reader, so much so that they are left wanting more?
This is a great quick read if you are between books that are really intense. It was a great book to listen to on audio book because the individual stories about the women make it go by really fast. It really helped passed the time of my commute.