The book follows two estranged adult sisters and the aunt who helped raised them along with her own daughter, mostly over the course of one summer. Each of the four women goes through a personal journey of loss and discovery, and together they learn to put aside their differences and work toward a more fulfilling future, individually and collectively.
The family bed & breakfast and the aunt’s adoration of the works of actress Meryl Streep provide the backdrop for the characters to discuss their emotions by comparing themselves and their tribulations to that of the movie characters. There is obvious built-in appeal for Meryl Streep fans.
For me, the only real sticking point was redundancy on the part of the author in describing just how “hurt & confused” each character was feeling. The tension was more consistent than escalating, but the issues did get resolved satisfactorily. The ending was the strongest part of the book, and for that I give the author a full measure of credit.
In addition this was a refreshingly PG book with no gratuitous language, sex or violence. On a 5-star scale I give The Meryl Streep Movie Club a solid 3 stars. If you like happy (albeit fairly predictable) endings, this novel definitely fits the bill. Nothing scary here, dear readers, just a good old-fashioned estrogen joy ride.