And ladies of the club book
And Ladies of the Club - Reading Guide - Book Club Discussion QuestionsPutnam's Sons. And Ladies of the Club. Suddenly, thanks to the efforts of several enthusiastic and well-connected readers, the novel was chosen as a main selection of the Book-of-the- Month Club and given a ,copy first printing. It is being adapted as a television miniseries, and its author has already been compared with Jane Austen, Thornton Wilder and - yes, even Tolstoy. It is difficult to see why. Though Miss Santmyer should be given credit for ambition and a certain dogged perseverance, ''Ladies'' lacks both the vision and language of serious literary fiction and the narrative drive of the best popular novels.
AND LADIES OF THE CLUB
And Ladies of the Club , a novel by Helen Hooven Santmyer, recounts the lives of a group of women in Waynesboro, Ohio, who begin a study club. Over the years the club evolves into a influential community service organization in the town. The book spans decades in the lives of the women involved in the club, between and Numerous characters are introduced in the course of the novel, but primary are Anne Gordon and Sally Rausch, who in as the book begins are new graduates of the Waynesboro Female Seminary. The book flows through decades, as it chronicles the two women's marriages and those of their children and grandchildren.
Helen Hooven Santmyer, whose 1,page novel ". She was 90 and had spent more than half her life working on the book--her fourth published work--between various jobs during her more active years and, finally, in her room at Hospitality Home East, the rest home where her life finally ended. Nursing supervisor Sylvia Rosenlieb said Miss Santmyer died peacefully in her sleep early Friday morning. She leaves a niece, Mrs. John Williamson. Friends of the family said funeral ceremonies will be private and interment will be at the Woodland Cemetery in Xenia. First published in by Ohio State University Press, the book sold only a few copies--mostly to libraries--but Hollywood writer-director Gerald Sindell heard about it from his mother, a resident of Ohio who thought it might make an interesting miniseries.