Title: The Rejected Writers’ Book Club
Author: Suzanne Kelman
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: March 29, 2016
This book was a page turner from beginning to end. It starts with Janet Johnson being asked to attend a meeting with other women who live in the small town of Southlea Bay. She discovers it is a club for rejected book writers. All of the women in the club write books of different genres and then submit them to publishers in order to get a rejection letter. They have a collection of 475 letters and are planning a celebration for when they reach 500 letters. The leader of the club invited Janet, one of the town’s librarians, to the meeting for help with the club’s latest problem: one of the women has received an acceptance letter! This is terrible news for them as it means they are no longer all rejected writers. The ladies embark on a trip to the publisher to get them to change their minds about her book and give her a rejection letter as well as a letter of apology for accepting the book in the first place.
This was a fantastic book and it was very funny. It was hard to put down. The characters were all distinct and, at times, outrageous.
This book is similar to The Jane Austen Book Club, but I liked The Rejected Writer’s Book Club much more because I was laughing out loud the whole time. The idea of writing for the purpose of receiving rejection letters is hilarious, but there are many incidents along the way to getting the letters that are equally entertaining.