Wendy and The Lost Boys by Julie Salamon TLC Book Tour

I am not into theatre, or plays, and had no idea who Wendy Wasserstein was when I chose to read this book.  That did not stop the book from being an entertaining and engrossing read at all!  As a matter of fact, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am so glad I read it because as the subtitle states, Wendy Wasserstein truly did have an “uncommon life.”

Wendy Wasserstein won a Pulitzer Prize and she was the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award, but what made this book so interesting was her and her life.  She surrounded herself with people, characters really, who were larger than life.  From her family to her friends, she pulled inspiration for her plays, bits of conversations here and there, character traits. It was fascinating to see her weave her personal life with her professional life.  The irony of it was that while she pulled freely from others, in her own life, she kept secrets…her pregnancy and the father of her baby.

This book is so much more than just the story of one woman.  It is the story of a generation of women.  As the jacket states, Wendy was a “daughter of the 1950s, an artist who came of age during the freewheeling 1960s and 1970s, a powerful woman in 1980s New York, and a single mother at the turn of the century.”

As I stated before you don’t have to be into theatre and plays to enjoy this book, it really is an intriguing look at one woman’s life, and if you are into theatres and plays, you have probably already read this! 

You can find the book at Amazon Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wassersteinand find out more information about the author, Julie Salamon at her website Julie Salamon.

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***Disclaimer – I received this book from TLC free to review.  Opinions are my own. 

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Comments

  1. says

    Wendy was one of the most famous alumnae of my alma mater, Mount Holyoke College. One of her first plays, “Uncommon Women and Others”, was in large part about her time as an undergraduate. She was so talented and witty, and she left this world far too soon. I’m glad you enjoyed the book and know a bit more about her now!

  2. says

    I’m glad I’m not the only person who has to admit complete ignorance of plays, theater, and everything connected to it. I have seen The Nutcracker and several operas, but that’s a while back now. Nice book review.

  3. says

    The world lost a treasure when this talented woman died so young. I’ve heard about this book and it sounds like one to add to my reading list.

  4. says

    It really does sound like the story of a generation! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour. I’m featuring your review on TLC’s Facebook page today.