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The Professors' Wives' Club Paperback – September 2, 2008
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(I'm not sure if it is relative in any way, but at one point in her all-too-short life, Olivia Goldsmith- née Randy Goldfield- lived under the legal name of "Justine Rendel.")
I found all of the four main female characters to be very likable. In fact, I think most readers will recognize women they know and love in each of these characters. All of the characters were pretty different from each other in both personalities, interests, and even age; but they were drawn together by a common interest. I am such a sucker for books like this show the incredible bond between women!
One thing that I really liked was that the author tackled some difficult and controversial issues within the pages of this novel. Mary, the wife of the dean, was both verbally and physically abused by her husband. I commend the author for showing a professional, educated woman in an abusive relationship since so often think that abuse doesn't happen to these types of women. There were also serious issues discussed in this novel such as marital problems, infidelity, and motherhood struggles.
Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was that the author incorporated the Edgar Allen Poe angle into the story. I don't want to give too much away, but the book discusses the time period when Poe lived in New York City. In fact, there was a mystery surrounding some Edgar Allen Poe papers. I found that this side-story actually sets apart this book from other formulaic women's friendship stories.Read more ›
The story centers around the friendship that is formed by these four women. They learn to trust and depend on each other to survive their current situation. Together they protest against the destruction of the garden. Jack wants to tear it down in order to build a parking lot. But when the ladies discover the true motivation for tearing down the garden, they will stop at nothing to make sure it doesn't happen. As they come together to stop Jack, they find the strength to deal with their own problems.Read more ›
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Quick and easy to read. The professor's wives will quickly become your friends as they deal with the complications of everyday life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Marsha
The sisterhood that develops among this group of women, fighting for their little patch of peace in the middle of Manhattan, brings about the strength they need to break away from... Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Gloria J. Flanders
Four women live in faculty housing at (fictional) Manhattan University. In the middle of the housing complex is a garden they enjoy. The History Dept. Read more
Get comfortable. pour a nice glass of wine and enjoy. Well plotted with good transitions as the characters' "slice of life" dramas develop. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Izzy Lady
I am a fan of women's contemporary literary fiction and to me, this book fits the bill spot on. As the wife of a NYU Professor Joanne is a Professors wife in real life. Read morePublished on August 28, 2009
I found out about Joanne Rendell through the amazing website/blog called Free Book Friday, that is founded by author Jessica Brody. Read morePublished on February 2, 2009 by Phoebe Jordan
The Professors' Wives' Club by Joanne Rendell features four women of different ages and from different backgrounds who come together to fight for a common cause, and in the process... Read morePublished on December 21, 2008 by Jennifer Donovan
This book is not my usual fare. I never like modern chick lit. I usually skip over books like this when in the bookstore. Read morePublished on November 20, 2008 by Grace L
I loved the women in this book. They're the kind of girls you want to spend a few hours and a few bottles of chianti with. Read morePublished on October 26, 2008 by Yvette