The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

This book chronicles the story of five women who first meet in the heyday of the 1960s and tracks their growing friendship for the next thirty years.

Meeting first in a park while caring for their children, our five characters slowly become friends, then devote themselves to writing and trying to be published, all while struggling with family, loss, disease, infidelity, and the Miss America pageant every year.

This is a lovely portrait of the relationships between women, and how women in the 1960s viewed themselves as opposed to today's culture. I loved reading of their writing triumphs, and hoped for a happy ending - which I got.

A well-written, engaging novel in the vein of all the "book group, knitting club" books, but well above so many others. Recommended!