When a group of women gets together to revel in their failures, others take notice. When librarian Janet Johnson is invited to a very secret meeting, she never imagined that the women in attendance would be doing just that. The Rejected Writers’ Book Club, written by Suzane Kelman, brings together a very quirky group of women who celebrate the fact that they have submitted their work and have been rejected almost 500 times.
So when one of the members actually receives a letter of acceptance, Janet is there to finally be able to offer congratulatory affirmations. However, not one of these women wants that.
Instead, they want to make a multi-day trek to set the publisher straight and let him know that the work should have been rejected.
The premise of this work is a really good one. It is a story that, having read the blurb, I truly wanted to read. That, however, is where the “want to” ended.
The book just falls short in so very many ways. This is a work of cliché, not language. Not one thought process is made without the use of a catch-phrase or an attempt at one. “I was overwhelmed by the sheer majesty of it all….reached skyward from snow-laden peaks…”
It truly is full of clichés unless there is no adage to be had, then the word choices become overwrought and pretentious. “Her peacock feather spiraled balletically…” Have you ever in your life found the need to say “balletically?”
Character development is missing, as well. In the beginning, you are let in on the fact that Janet and her daughter don’t really get along and that maybe Janet and her husband don’t really even like her much. But that takes up less than 1/3 of a page. So when she next comes on the scene, I didn’t even remember who she was, much less why her mother isn’t rushing to help her when she is in need.
While the plot is certainly interesting, a really good concept and the opportunity to be quite humorous, it simply falls far short due to the “trying-too-hard-to-make-it-funny” aspect of the writing.
All-in-all a very disappointing read. I don’t think I can go higher than 2 stars.
If you’ve read it, I’d love to know what you think! Let me know by commenting below!