Review: The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March

Title: The Meryl Streep Movie Club

Author: Mia March

Published: Simon and Schuster UK July 2012

Synopsis: Welcome to The Three Captains. A charming bijou guesthouse on the Maine coast which is a haven of calm for guests and owners alike. When Lolly summons home her nieces, Isabel and June – one recovering from a broken heart, the other struggling to bring up her young son singlehandedly – they assume she’s going to sell The 3 Cs, the place they called home after they lost their parents in a car accident. But the truth is much more heartbreaking than that. Along with Lolly’s daughter Kat – also at a crossroads in her life – the women spend their first summer together in years and home truths and long-buried secrets begin to emerge. Then movie buff Lolly invites her three offspring to attend her legendary movie nights and what at first seems like a few hours of distraction from their tumultuous lives becomes so much more. What they discover shakes them to the core, brings them together after years of discord, and provides them with the inspiration that they need to truly connect with each other and find happiness

Status: Read on June 30, 2012 — I own a copy {Courtesy Simon& Schuster Australia}

My Thoughts:

Author Mia March is a self confessed, life long fan of Meryl Streep and her debut novel is in part a tribute to the accomplished actress but even if you are not a fan of her movies you are sure to enjoy this warm hearted story.
Sisters Isabel and June return to the Maine bed and breakfast they grew up in after the death of the parents, at the request of their Aunt Lolly who has something important to share with them. For Isabel, who has just discovered her husband’s affair, and single mother June, who is unexpectedly unemployed and homeless, the timing proves provident, though both are reluctant to spend too much time in the company of their aunt and her daughter, Kat, or each other. However Lolly’s shocking announcement, and nights spent watching Meryl Streep movies together, prove to be the catalyst that allows the four women to set aside their differences and share their lives.

This is character driven contemporary women’s fiction, with each protagonist, Kat, Isabel and June facing challenges in their personal lives. Kat has agreed to marry her childhood sweetheart but isn’t sure she is doing the right thing, Isabel has discovered her husband is having an affair and June’s son desperately wants to meet the father he never knew. Lolly, who raised all three girls on her own after the death of her husband, sister and brother-in-law in a tragic car accident is coming to terms with her life’s regrets as death approaches. Each woman must work through the pain and uncertainty of the decisions they have made in the past and the options they have for the future. March develops credible characters with believable issues that readers can relate to while exploring the themes of love, heartbreak, grief and regrets.
The author’s use of Meryl Streep movies to prompt discussion among her protagonists is a clever idea. Meryl Streep certainly has a comprehensive and impressive filmography, and March chooses those films which complement the themes of this novel. Together the foursome, along with Lolly’s long time housekeeper and random B&B guests, watch The Bridges of Madison County, It’s Complicated, Mamma Mia. Out of Africa and a host of other movies featuring the actress that sparks new insight into the problems they are facing and the decisions they must make. It also encourages them to open up to each other and grow closer with the exchange of secrets, fears and dreams.

I really enjoyed The Meryl Streep Movie Club, it is an easy, engaging story with enough substance to ensure it is also a satisfying read. I see a Meryl Streep movie marathon in my near future.

Do you have a favourite movie featuring Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia is mine!

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Danielle
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 09:31:45

    I just loved the title of this book 🙂 definitely going to check it out after that fab review!



  2. laurelrainsnow
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 09:58:09

    I love all things Meryl Streep…and character-driven novels, so this one is made for me! Thanks for sharing….



  3. Rachelle Lerner
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 10:21:23

    I loved Mamma Mia also. But, I have to admit I adore Pierce Brosnon.



  4. guiltlessreader (@guiltlessreader)
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 11:34:13

    If Meryl Streep is in it, I wanna read it! 🙂



  5. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 14:23:30

    This one sounds fun–and who isn’t a fan of Meryl Streep? 🙂



  6. Judith
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 15:35:15

    This sounds like a fun book. I actually like just about all movies with Meryl Streep but I agree that Mama Mia was very good fun.



  7. Mystica
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 18:10:58

    Sounds like a lot of fun in this book.



  8. Amritorupa Kanjilal
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 00:00:37

    She’s a remarkably graceful actress.



  9. Michelle
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 17:16:52

    I am just about to start this one and knew you’d read it recently so wanted to see what you thought before I sunk my teeth in. Am really looking forward to it now, thanks for another fab review.



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