I had no expectations when I opened my kindle and started reading Sylvia True’s novel, THE WEDNESDAY GROUP (St.MartinsPress). I saw the pretty pillows and decided this might be a nice book. Well, I will tell you, its incredibly compelling and I was hooked from the very start. THE WEDNESDAY GROUP taps into the current addiction du jour. For a while, we were shocked and surprised to learn about public figures, our family and neighbors secretive alcoholism and drug use. Now it’s sex addiction and Sylvia True’s novel highlights how this disease is affecting lives and it’s not a pretty picture, but there is hope.
Gail, Hannah, Bridget, Lizzy and Flavia start meeting on Wednesday evenings. Each of them has a shameful secret, and is about to find out she is not alone.
Gail is a prominent Boston judge and she keeps receiving letters from her husband’s latest girlfriend, while her husband, a theology professor, claims he’s sober from sex with students. Hannah, a homemaker, catches her husband having sex with a male prostitute in a public restroom. Bridget, a nurse at a state hospital, is sure she has a perfect husband, until she learns that he’s addicted to sex websites. Lizzy, a high school teacher, is married to a porn addict, who is uninterested in having sex with her. Flavia was working at the Public library when someone brought in an article showing her husband had been arrested for groping a teenage girl on the subway. He must face court, and Flavia must decide if she wants to stay with him. Finally, Kathryn, the young psychologist running the group, has as much at stake as all of the others.
“When she finds a position that seems suitable, she turns to Hannah and introduces herself. Hannah does the same and is stumped as to what to say next. Does one ask, “What did your husband do to mess up your life? She settles on, Did you run into a lot of traffic?””
Each woman would rather be anywhere other than in that small office on Wednesday nights sharing her shame. But it’s where they find themselves coming to get relief from the pain that each one understands. The chapters switch between the characters stories and the therapy sessions. Each women’s background is well-developed and believable. It’s interesting to note, that the women are so different, that if it wasn’t for the group to bring them together, they more than likely wouldn’t socialize. But in this group, they are helping each other save their life.
Thanks to Netgalley http://www.netgalley.com and http://www.stmartinspress.com for a kindle copy of THE WEDNESDAY GROUP for an honest review. THE WEDNESDAY GROUP will be published March 23rd. Now is the perfect time to pre-order THE WEDNESDAY GROUP at your local book store or on-line.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with sex addiction, contact Sex Addicts Anonymous, either on-line at http://www.saa-recovery.org or at 1-800-477-8191. Help is always available.