- And Ladies of the Club
infobox Book |
name = "...And Ladies of the Club"
Helen Hooven Santmyer
language = English
Ohio State University Press
media_type = Print (
pages = 1,344 pp
isbn = ISBN 081420323X
"...And Ladies of the Club"" is a
novel, written by Helen Hooven Santmyer, about a group of women in the fictional town of Waynesboro, Ohiowho begin a study club, which evolves through the years into a significant community service organization in the town. The books spans decades in the lives of the women involved in the club, between 1868 and 1932. Many characters are introduced in the course of the novel, but the primary characters are Anne Gordon and Sally Rausch, who in 1868 are new graduates of the Waynesboro Female Seminary who soon marry, and the decades that follow chronicle their marriages and those of their children and grandchildren. Santmyer focuses not just on the lives of the women in the Club, but also their families, friends, politics, and developments in their small town and the larger world.
Originally published by the
Ohio State University Pressin 1982 and only selling a few hundred copies, the book was chosen as a Book of the Month Clubselection in 1984, making it a best-seller that year. The recognition earned its 88-year-old author critical acclaim and literary recognition; according to the back cover of the 1985 paperback edition, the novel took Santmyer more than 50 years to write.
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