Sunday, July 01, 2012 Posted by Dina N
In the bestselling tradition of The Friday Night Knitting Club and The Jane Austen Book Club, three women find unexpected answers, happiness, and one another with Meryl Streep movies as their inspiration.
Two sisters and the cousin they grew up with after a tragedy are summoned home to their family matriarch's inn on the coast of Maine for a shocking announcement. Suddenly, Isabel, June, and Kat are sharing the attic bedroom - and barely speaking. But when innkeeper Lolly asks them to join her and the guests in the parlor for weekly Movie Night - it's Meryl Streep month - they find themselves sharing secrets, talking long into the night - and questioning everything they thought they knew about life, love, and one another.
Each woman sees her complicated life reflected through the magic of cinema: Isabel's husband is having an affair, and an old pact may keep her from what she wants most... June has promised her seven-year-old son that she'll somehow find his father, who he's never known... and Kat is ambivalent about accepting her lifelong best friend's marriage proposal. Through everything, Lolly has always been there for them, and now Isabel, June, Kat - and Meryl - must be there for her. Finding themselves. Finding each other. Finding a happy ending.
The Meryl Streep Movie Club is a great summer read that combines women's fiction with love of good movies. Three young women go back to the bed and breakfast where they grew up, summoned by the woman who raised them. The trio barely gets along at the beginning. Each of them has her own problems, and running an inn is not a welcome diversion. Movie night at the inn happens to feature Meryl Streep movies, and watching these films gets the women talking, thinking, and seeing things in a new light. I've been a Meryl Streep fan for years but even if you have not seen every movie she ever made, you may enjoy the discussions centered around her films - and The Meryl Streep Movie Club.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Cover art and book description courtesy of the publisher or PR firm.