And Ladies of the Club

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"...And Ladies of the Club"
Author Helen Hooven Santmyer
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Ohio State University Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 1,344 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-8142-0323-X
OCLC 8050632
813/.52 19
LC Class PS3537.A775 A82 1982

"...And Ladies of the Club" is a novel, written by Helen Hooven Santmyer, about a group of women in the fictional town of Waynesboro, Ohio who begin a study club, which evolves through the years into a significant community service organization in the town.

The book, which looks at the club as it changes throughout the years, spans decades in the lives of the women involved in the club, between 1868 and 1932. Many characters are introduced in the course of the novel, but the primary characters are Anne Gordon and Sally Rausch, who in 1868 are new graduates of the Waynesboro Female College. They marry soon after the opening of the book, and the decades that follow chronicle their marriages and those of their children and grandchildren. Santmyer focuses not just on the lives of the women in the Club, but also their families, friends, politics, and developments in their small town and the larger world.

Originally published by the Ohio State University Press in 1982 and only selling a few hundred copies,[1] the book was chosen as a Book of the Month Club selection in 1984, making it a best-seller that year. The success earned its 88-year-old author critical acclaim and literary recognition; according to the back cover of the 1985 paperback edition, the novel took Santmyer more than 50 years to write.

As of 2011, the book on is highly rated by seventy-two readers, sixty-two of which gave the book five stars, and ten giving it four stars. The work also received significant accolades from reviewers alike, and reached the number 1 best seller position on the New York Times weekly list of book sales.


  1. ^ Kakutani, Michiko. Books of the Times: ...And Ladies of the Club.