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The Four Ms. Bradwells: A Novel (original 2011; édition 2011)

par Meg Waite Clayton (Auteur)

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Thirty years ago, Laney, Mia, Betts, and Ginger were roommates and best friends in law school. Collectively nicknamed the Ms. Bradwells by a professor their relationship has weathered marriage, divorce, children, and death, but when Betts's Supreme Court nomination is threatened by questions about the death of a young man at a party they attended decades ago, the women retreat to the scene of the crime--Ginger's mother's summer house--to untangle the past.… (plus d'informations)
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Titre:The Four Ms. Bradwells: A Novel
Auteurs:Meg Waite Clayton (Auteur)
Info:Ballantine Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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Wanted to like it even more. There's a lot here for women to think about but it is slow developing and perhaps too many of the cliches of womens literature for me. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
Wanted to like it even more. There's a lot here for women to think about but it is slow developing and perhaps too many of the cliches of womens literature for me. ( )
  mamashepp | Mar 29, 2016 |
Four women lawyers! Squeee! I definitely want to read this book, and I'm crossing my fingers that it lives up to my expectations.
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So unfortunately, I got positively buried at work while in the middle of this, and as a result never got completely immersed. However, I think it was a bad choice for the author to give multiple names/nicknames to each of the four main characters -- it made it much harder to keep track of who was who. For instance, Mary Ellen = Mia, while Helen = Laney, and Elsbieta = Betts. THEN each of the four ALSO has a "Ms. Bradwell" nickname (Ms. Decisis-Bradwell, Ms. Drug-Lord-Bradwell, etc.), which are just too long to have worked as nicknames in real life. Have you ever known someone with a multi-word, multi-syllable, not-catchy-or-rhyming nickname? I haven't. I think you can get away with calling a group "The Ms Bradwells", sure, but having individual Bradwell-related nickname is just a conceit that I would have expected to end up on the publishing house floor (or whatever the literary equivalent is of a cutting room floor in film).

It's kindof a small point, but I really think it hampered my ability to stop trying to figure out which girl was which, and just relate without thinking too hard about it.

Ultimately the plot was pretty good; there's a little mystery at the heart of it that kept me guessing all the way through. I just wish I'd ended up liking even one of the characters enough to... well, to care what happened to her by the end of the novel. But I didn't, not really. I mean, I didn't hate any of them, but they all just left me feeling pretty meh. Which is surprising, because generally I can't get enough of smart, opinionated, accomplished women.

To be frank, maybe the overt feminism (much as I support it) was part of the problem -- any time a book gets too preachy, whether for conservative or liberal ideals, I think it necessarily sacrifices some of the characters' likeability and alienates the [fiction] reader by pulling you out of the story and into the real world, where you think about what the author was trying to get you think, exactly. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
I was really excited when the library emailed me letting me know that this book was available to be checked out. I was really looking forward to reading this book almost to the point where I was considering purchasing the ebook. Sad to say the wait was the best part of this reading experience. I guess I can't really say I read this book because I stopped reading at page 52 (ebook on the iPad). I love to read and this book was just too confusing. It was difficult to figure out which of the 4 main characters in the book I was reading about. I feel that reading is supposed to be relaxing not work. I am so glad that this was a library rental and not a purchase. ( )
  tennwisc | Jul 15, 2014 |
Won this one in a Goodreads Giveaway. After 50 pages this has been a real struggle for me. This is usually something that I would love. I enjoy changing narratives, and a story told both in flashbacks and in real time. This is the story of four friends that have shared secrets for almost thirty years. When one of the friends is up for Supreme Court nomination an innocent question causes the secrets to come tumbling out. I liked the book more as it progressed. I didn't particularly like any of the characters. They all seemed extremely mean and selfish. The night in question causes issues for each of them.I can't say that this is a book I would tell everyone to read. ( )
  purseproblm | May 31, 2014 |
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Thirty years ago, Laney, Mia, Betts, and Ginger were roommates and best friends in law school. Collectively nicknamed the Ms. Bradwells by a professor their relationship has weathered marriage, divorce, children, and death, but when Betts's Supreme Court nomination is threatened by questions about the death of a young man at a party they attended decades ago, the women retreat to the scene of the crime--Ginger's mother's summer house--to untangle the past.

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