My reviewrating: 4 of 5 stars
The book is about friendship and love. It focuses around five women who form a friendship in a park where they live in Palo Alto, California in the 1960s. At first, they focus more on where they are from and by what their husbands do for a living. They soon discover their mutual love for books and their love for the Miss America pageant. Soon they begin writing together every Wednesday morning, which allows each of them to open up about their lives. The book focuses on the role of women as wives and mothers during this time period. At the time, it was about taking care of your husband and kids first and you last. These women discover that they are more than that and they form an unbreakable bond. They finally can be themselves without being judged.
I felt like I could relate to each of these women to some degree. Even now, we all go through life doing the best we can just as these women did. What would women do without our close friends? How wonderful would it be to have four other women who were always looking out for you and constantly lifting you up through a time when women were still trying to make their mark in society. While reading this book, I continually thought of my moms (all of them - mom, step-mom, mother-in-law). How did they feel as they were graduating from high school living in a world dominated by men and war. I was fascintated by the setting and time period of the book and was so relieved to read it in a woman's perspective.
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