Moving to a quaint small town in Washington has been relaxing, but a bit lonely for Janet. As librarian, she has found work she enjoys, and her marriage is loving and companionable. What is missing is her tribe. She hasn’t found herself a group of friends to fulfill the companionship gap that only gal-pals can.
When she receives an invitation to attend a secretive ladies’ “Book Club” with a cornucopia of personalities, she feels like she has been dropped into the nut-house. On some level, she has. The “Book Club” is filled with aspiring, but unsuccessful, authors; one might even go so far to say they are un-talented. Instead of celebrating successes, they celebrate every rejection letter. Any successful author is automatically booted from the club. Reluctantly, she is pulled into the drama of a possible “acceptance” letter that threatens to pull the group apart.
When she is called to help her daughter in San Francisco, the ladies invite themselves along, so they can demand a rejection letter from the publishing company. The craziness that ensues is beyond what any of them could imagine, but oh, what a story!
The over-the-top characters of each lady make for a fun story, and it challenges the idea that finding friends that are “alike” is the only way to create a tribe.
Having recently moved to a new state (coincidentally – Washington), I can relate to Janet’s plight. This book is a reminder that sometimes all it takes is stepping out of your comfort zone and participating in something new.
What’s your next adventure going to be?