THE WEDNESDAY DAUGHTERS by Meg Waite Clayton
Publisher Ballantine, July 16, 2013
Meg Clayton’s eagerly awaited new novel is a compassionate, wise, and
enthralling story of mothers and daughters, the best friends who become
family, and the secrets and dreams passed down through generations.
It is early evening when Hope Tantry arrives at the small cottage in
England’s pastoral Lake District where her mother, Ally, spent the last
years of her life. Ally—one of a close-knit group of women who called
themselves “The Wednesday Sisters”—had used the cottage as a writer’s
retreat while working on her unpublished biography of Beatrix Potter. Yet
Hope knows little about her mother’s time there. Traveling with Hope are her
friends Julie and Anna Page—first introduced as little girls in The
Wednesday Sisters, now grown women grappling with issues of a different
era—who offer to help Hope sort through her mother’s personal effects. What
Hope discovers is a tangled family history steeped in Lake District lore.
Tucked away in a hidden drawer, Hope finds a stack of Ally’s old notebooks,
all written in a mysterious code. As she, Julie, and Anna Page try to
decipher Ally’s writings—the reason for their encryption, their possible
connection to the Potter manuscript—they are forced to confront their own
personal struggles: Hope’s doubts about her marriage, Julie’s grief over
losing her twin sister, Anna Page’s fear of commitment in relationships. And
as the real reason for Ally’s stay in England comes to light, Hope, Julie,
and Anna Page reach a new understanding about the enduring bonds of family,
the unwavering strength of love, and the inescapable pull of the past.
"The Wednesday Daughters was a bewitching escape of a novel. The characters
became my beloved companions. I never wanted it to end."
-- Elin Hilderbrand, author of Beautiful Day
"With delicate, precise strokes, Meg Waite Clayton illustrates and explores
the intricate effect of the secrets we keep, even from those we love, in THE
WEDNESDAY DAUGHTERS. This is the perfect novel for every mother, daughter
and sister to read, savor, and discuss over a pot of tea."
-- Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The
"Captivating, wise and exquisitely crafted, The Wednesday Daughters is
part mystery, part love story, and part tribute to the works of Beatrix
Potter and the lore of England's Lake District."
-- Cathy Buchanan, author of The Day the Falls Stood Still and
The Painted Girls