This debut novel about the intertwining lives of college faculty wives is a captivating look at an ivory tower Peyton Place filled with intrigue, heartbreak and hope (Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan, authors of "China Dolls").This debut novel about the intertwining lives of college faculty wives is a captivating look at an ivory tower Peyton Place filled with intrigue, heartbreak and hope (Michelle Yu and Blossom Kan, authors of "China Dolls").Read Less
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This book is not my usual fare. I never like modern chick lit. I usually skip over books like this when in the bookstore. I am so glad that I was chosen to receive this book because I would be missing such a gem of a book because of my own prejudice. The Professors Wives? Club is one of the most engaging and entertaining books I have ever read.
Mary, Ashleigh, Sofia and Hannah are some of the most interesting characters I have ever encountered. The minute I began reading, I was completely invested in their lives and relationships. I felt I could identify with something in each and every one of them even though I have very little in common with any of them. These women could have easily developed into realm of the ?annoying female character? (overly perfect, super-woman complex or weak-willed, dependent, water-works) without a writer as skilled at weaving a plot as Rendell. Her writing is crisp. She captures each woman?s voice perfectly and weaves their stories together seamlessly.
The fact that the book centers around the world of academia was also a strong draw for me. The internal politics and conflicts of University life are especially interesting to me because I went to a university in New York where internal protests and strikes were a familiar and almost everyday occurrence. I do have a theory about the real life story that influenced the events in the book. In the book the dean of Manhattan U. decides to demolish and pave over a garden the women love. He also tore down a house the Poe lived in. Could these events have been influence by New York University?s takeover of the historic CBGB club? Just my theory. Probably wrong.
Once I started the book, I could not put it down. This is not your typical chick lit book to use for easy reading on vacation. This book will distract you and get you so embroiled in the story, you will spend your vacation inside reading the book. I absolutely love this book. I will be anxiously awaiting Rendell?s next book which comes out in 2009.
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