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This review is from: Magnolia Wednesdays (Paperback)This is the first of Wendy Wax's novels for me but I'm sold. Our local UPS store guy turned me on to her work. Living in the Atlanta suburbs like she describes, I find the following very apt:
"When they reached her exit, Melanie slowed. A series of turns took them unto four-laned Marietta Highway, which was also called Upper Roswell Road or simply 120. In the Atlanta area and its environs, it had apparently been decided that there was no reason to settle for the one street name when you could use two or three. If the name had the word "Peachtree" in it, so much better."
Her protagonist's thoughts of bumper stickers:
"Reading them as they flew by, Vivien knew what schools their children attended, how many sports they played, where they vacationed, what diseases they wanted to wipe out, and who they'd voted for as well as where they worshipped and exactly how proud they were to be an American."
Maybe it's just me but I found those hilarious and so did my husband who I read them out loud to! Her main character Vivien Gray, while not initially the nicest person around and frankly speaking more than a little self-absorbed, she was still likeable and she grew as the story unfolded. Her secondary characters were intriguing and she had a very good angle on family, friendships, kids, parenting and motherhood, etc. It's "mommylit" at its finest. I hope Wendy Wax is not offended by that label.
This had me in stitches:
"And you're about as close to being a real journalist as a grain of sand is to being the Sahara dessert."
Scarket Leigh was the best. :) You'll have to read it to find out who that is.
The book comes complete with a Reading Group Guide which I liked as well. I will definitely endeavor to read her other titles, especially "The Accidental Bestseller." I recommend "Magnolia Wednesdays" for any woman, especially if you live in the suburbs. It will brighten your day.
I am a fan.