We are the WELLS—the West End Ladies Literary Society—although I often refer to us as the Drink of the Month Club because we love to sip our wine. We founded our group nearly fifteen years ago with six members, but we quickly grew to seventeen before settling in with a comfortable dozen. We take turns hosting our dinner get-togethers and selecting the books we are to read before the next meeting. Our book discussions last anywhere from five to thirty minutes, depending on how much we like the book and how long we can stop chatting about the other goings-on in our lives.
Collectively, we represent seven states. We are either native Richmonders, married to native Richmonders, or both. We are friends, sisters-in-law, and co-workers. We are teachers, librarians, interior designers, real estate agents, event organizers, and community volunteers. Some of us have children in lower school, others in college. We go to the movies and out to dinner together. And once a year we invite our husbands for a co-ed Christmas party. We offer each other parenting advice, gardening pointers, and decorating tips. We share recipes—even had our own recipe book once, though I’d be hard pressed to get my hands on a copy. The list of books we’ve read is long. The list of books we want to read is even longer. We are not without drama, every group of women has their share, but we are bound together forever by our love of books.
Those of you who have been around awhile have heard me talk about the WELLS. But I wanted to honor them today and to thank them for their support of my novel. They were among the first to read Saving Ben, and I made my first author appearance at our meeting in February. My friends planned a themed dinner—crab quiche and key lime pie—in honor of the Rivah, aka Carter’s Creek, Virginia, where much of Saving Ben is set. They humored me by giving me the opportunity to talk about my writing experiences. Of course, plenty of wine was served . . .
Saving Ben wine, mind you
With its own Surgeon General warning
Going forward, I plan to feature a WELLS Wednesday a couple of times a month to showcase the books we are talking about as well as the ones we are reading. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even share a recipe or two!
XOXO to the WELLS