The Rejected Writers Book Club by Suzanne Kelman
Suzanne Kelman (ebook), 2014
I was given a free copy by the author in exchange for a review.
When small-town librarian Janet Johnson is persuaded to attend a gathering of local eccentric lady writers known as “The Rejected Writers Bookclub,” she gets pulled into a kaleidoscope of craziness she never knew existed.
Collecting publisher’s rejection letters like trophies, this quirky society cares nothing for being in print and instead meets to celebrate in style its members’ mutually spurned manuscripts.
However, when disaster strikes just shy of their 500th letter and a huge club celebration, the group’s survival hangs in the balance, and Janet finds herself railroaded into a madcap mission to save it. Coerced by their formidable team leader, Doris Newberry, she embarks on a crazy cross-country dash with a band of merry writers to save the club and the reputation of one very special member.
As the intrepid adventurers race to complete their quest, the women’s lives are irreversibly changed as they bond together through landslides, haunted houses, false labour, and first love.
‘Come and live in the country; you won’t regret it’ the advertisement in a glossy, real estate periodical implored us as we scoured the Northeast for our dream home five years earlier.
The Rejected Writers Book Club is a fun, quirky read and I had a great time reading it. I loved it. I wanted to read this book when I read the blurb and I’m glad I did. I love the idea of a group of women meeting to celebrate receiving rejection writers for writing awful stories. The members see a rejection letter as a sort of trophy. The women are quite proud of having almost 500 letters. Mad, absolutely mad in a wonderful way. This novel is sort of like The Golden Girls going on a road trip and craziness ensues. I lost count of how many times I laughed as things got crazier and wackier. I’ve never laughed so much reading a book before. My sides are sore. I fell in love with all of the women in The Rejected Writers Book Club. I’d highly recommend this lovely book to anyone looking for someone original, fun and a little bit different.