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Bestselling author, MLaw alumna Meg Waite Clayton to discuss new book

Wednesday Sisters writer to speak at Hatcher Library on her new MLaw-based book

March 17, 2010
Contact: John Masson, 734.647.7352,jpmasson@umich.edu

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Meg Waite Clayton, author of the bestselling novel The Wednesday Sisters, will talk about her new book, The Four Ms. Bradwells, in U-M's Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery at 7 p.m. March 24.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a Q&A session and a book sale and signing.

The Four Ms. Bradwells tells the story of four women, best friends since law school, who reunite for a long weekend as one of them awaits for the Senate to confirm her to the Supreme Court. Nicknamed "the Ms. Bradwells" during their first class at Michigan Law in 1979—when only three women had ever served full Senate terms and none had been appointed to the Court—the four supported one another through life's challenges: marriages and divorces, births and deaths, career setbacks, and triumphs large and small.

But when the Senate hearings uncover a deeply buried skeleton in the friends' collective closet, the Ms. Bradwells retreat to a summer house on the Chesapeake Bay, where they find themselves reliving a much darker period in their past—one that stirs up secrets they've kept for, and from, one another, and could change their lives forever.

The central question in the new novel: how far would you go to protect the ones you love? Clayton explores the secrets we keep, even from those closest to us, and celebrates the enduring power of friendship.

Clayton's first novel, The Language of Light, was a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize. Her novel The Wednesday Sisters became a national bestseller and a book club favorite.

Meg Waite Clayton earned undergraduate and law degrees at U-M. She lives in Palo Alto and Santa Barbara, California.

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