The Book: The Rejected Writers’ Book Club, by Suzanne Kelman
The Blurb: When small-town librarian Janet Johnson is persuaded to attend a gathering of local eccentric lady writers known as “The Rejected Writers Book Club,” 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 labor, and first love.
The Babble: While I believe the author was going for ‘quirky’ and ‘fun’, I found The Rejected Writers Book Club to be ‘annoying’ and ‘dull’. It took me nearly a week to read this book primarily because I kept falling asleep. The only thing keeping me awake was my efforts to re-read the blurb so I could remember what the book was supposed to be about. Contrived, saccharine and never-ending, The Rejected Writers earned another letter for their collection from me.
The Behest: I received this book free from NetGALLEY. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”