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Us sister became a high ranking corporate executive at a time when Fortune companies were an impenetrable boys club Their brother Bruce became a billionaire superstar of the investment banking world Yet behind the family’s remarkable success was a fiercely guarded world of private tragediesWendy perfected the family art of secrecy while cultivating a densely populated inner circle Her long time friends included theater elite such as playwright Christopher Durang Lincoln Center Artistic Director André Bishop New York Times theater critic Frank Rich the many women of the theater for whom she served as both mentor and ally and countless others Yet almost no one knew that Wendy was pregnant when at age forty eight she was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital to deliver Lucy Jane three months premature The paternity of her daughter remains a mystery At the time of Wendy’s tragically early death less than s. I was a huge fan of Wendy Wasserstein I saw the Heidi Chronicles on Broadway with my four best high school chums shortly after we graduated from college I also saw the Sisters Rosenzweig some time later I studied her plays for acting class I met her briefly a couple of times and yes she did look homeless I also had the occasion to meet Bruce several times And boy was Salomon s take on him pitch perfect I say all of this as a sort of disclaimer and I am a huge name dropper because I felt as if I knew Wendy when I was reading the book I lapped up every word I love reading about people who choose an artistic life when that is something so obviously not encourage in their family I loved reading about Wendy and Meryl Streep and Terrance McNally and Christopher Durang in their early careers I loved reading about Wendy s struggle with intimacy and romance evidenced by her incredibly close relationships with gay men who would never want to touch her and her less close relationships with straight men who so clearly wanted to marry her Salomon does a brilliant job of Weaving Wendy s personal life with her subject matter I was hookedIt would be hard for me to recommend this book to somebody who has never seen her plays But if you have read the book It is not without flaws I still have so many uestions about this woman And I saw some other reviews that complained that the book was not funny Wendy was funny why wasn t the book I somewhat agree that her humor wasn t displayed enough in this work but ultimately her life wasn t that hilarious Meryl Streep who seems normal to me characterized her as lonely and sad

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Wendy and the Lost Boys

Ix years later very few were aware that she was gravely ill The cherished confidante to so many Wendy privately endured her greatest heartbreaks alone At once a moving portrait of an uncommon woman and a nuanced study of the generation she came to represent Wendy and The Lost Boys uncovers the magic of Wendy’s work A daughter of the s an artist that came of age during the freewheeling s a power woman in s New York and a single mother at the turn of the century Wendy’s very life spoke to the tensions of an era of great change for women in particular Salamon brings each distinct moment to vibrant life always returning to Wendy’s works The Heidi Chronicles and others to show her in the free space of the theater Here Wendy spoke in the most intimate of terms about everything that matters most family and love dreams and devastation And that is the Wendy of Neverland the Wendy who will never grow ol. Not gonna lie when I reached the end of the book I felt like crying I guess it was because the book made me feel like I really knew who Wendy Wasserstein was her funny and bubbly personality shine through the pages and her admirable resilience is awe inspiring The book was really fantastic and I wish Wendy Wasserstein was still with us today to spoil us with her endless wit or flash a great smile at us

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize the first woman the Lost Kindle #216 playwright to win a Tony Wendy and PDF Award Wendy Wasserstein was a Broadway luminary But with her high pitched giggle and and the Lost PDF #202 unkempt curls she projected an image of warmth and familiarity Everyone knew Wendy Wasserstein Or thought they did In Wendy and the Lost Boys Salamon delicately pieces together the many fractured narratives of Wendy’s life the stories often contradictory that she shared amongst friends and family the half truths of her plays and essays the confessions and camouflage present even in her own journal writing to reveal Wendy’s most expertly crafted character herself Born in Brooklyn on Octoberto Polish Jewish immigrant parents Wendy was the youngest of Lola and Morris Wasserstein’s five children Her mother had big dreams for her children and they didn’t disappoint Sandra Wendy’s glamoro. I started by skimming this book and then I half decided I wouldn t bother reading the whole thing Then I started it this morning and couldn t put it down How lucky for Miss Wendy to grow up in the lap of privilege which sure doesn t hurt when you want to pursue a career in the arts That and having a brother who is rich as Croesus The children were sickly for the most part an elder sister died of brain cancer an even older brother had been spirited off as a child with alleged retardation Wendy died of varied forms of leukemia and her brother died of a heart attack To my knowledge that leaves one sister leftI identified so much with the decades of growing and development The confused role for women in college in the sixties I watched an interview on You Tube with one of her Mount Holyoke classmates and she was recalling and this is so true of how hard it was to graduate then with all of the upheaval on campus and in life She didn t spell it out but she didn t have to for me Riots constant cultural change having to evacuate classrooms due to bomb scares that happened than you would believe Then you were dumped into that world and to do whatThe author Julie Salamon wrote some beautifully constructed sentences that could have been out of Edith Wharton s New York Describing a summer weekend on Nantucket with the Washington Post Graham s and the snafus over dinner plans Salamon writes She kept changing the date for her Nantucket visit This was of conseuence in a milieu where social arrangements were handled with the kind of nervous attention usually reserved for matters involving delicate international diplomacy Chance was not a welcome guest at the table You could have ripped that passage out of The Age of Innocenceand her final words on Wendy s life and legacy Until the end Wendy Wasserstein took comfort in being part of a larger entity the self defined generation that had created a unified consciousness from a mass marketed set of cultural references Among Wendy s last works was an essay called Baby Boomers published in The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2004 in which she addressed the hubris of the Peter Pan generationThe thing about being a baby boomer is somewhere we still believe that no one is going to do it better than we did she wrote No one will be better than the Beatles no one will be glamorous than Jack Kennedy no time will be as turbulent as the late 60 s no parents will be a s difficult as ours were and no psyches will be as interesting as oursShe continued to aim for immortality even as she mocked her own desire Because boomers came of age in a world fascinated by them and partially created for them we are often not the most cooperative when it comes to aging she wrote We are in fact at the forefront of not just aging gracefully at all Against all odds we will hold back the hands of timeAs Wendy wrote those words she must have sensed that the clock was ticking she was already desperately ill She never grew old but she lived long enough to watch her generation begin to fossilize guarding it s accumulated memories and possessions asserting it historical preeminence as fiercely as every generation that had come before Even as a child it seems she had understood that all relationships ambitions politics hopes worries pains ruminations and dramatizations could command passionate attention one day and then vanish the next Every bright shining beacon would be extinguished and replaced the same as tyrants and fools But she was a gentle social critic clarifying the pretensions of her peers and expressing frustration at their hypocrisies and self deceptions while showing tender appreciation for their frailities and conveying genuine empathy for the desire and uncertainty that made them human That was her gift to the world she tried to make her own


10 thoughts on “Wendy and the Lost Boys

  1. says:

    4 ½ stars ½ star off because of the lack of humor within these pagesI’m completely wrung out after reading this book and felt that way during my entire reading of it More on that laterBut first This is an excellent book It’s well written and fascinating It is exactly what a biography should be It looks as though it would have been great fun to research and write as the author interviewed so many family me

  2. says:

    I started by skimming this book and then I half decided I wouldn't bother reading the whole thing Then I started it this morning and

  3. says:

    I am madly in love with Wendy Wasserstein in that oh em gee your plays rock my world kind of way so reading Wend

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    I was a huge fan of Wendy Wasserstein I saw the Heidi Chronicles on Broadway with my four best high school chums shortly after we graduated from college I also saw the Sisters Rosenzweig some time later I studied her plays for acting class I met her briefly a couple of times and yes she did look homeless I also had the oc

  5. says:

    A friend who called it a page turner gave me this book We both worked on the Playwrights Horizons production of Isn't It Romantic and also with many of the theatre people who populate the book so for us it defin

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    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the life of playwright Wendy Wasserstein who died in 2006 at the age of 55 I knew Wasserstein through her plays which were all about personal identity and relationships and so well reflected the Boomer generation and her New Yorker articles This narrative chronicles her life from her childhood in a family

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    Not gonna lie when I r

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    Note after the first 3 paragraphs below written immediately upon completing the book find the review I wrote for the Washtenaw Jewish News I loved this book I never much liked Wasserstein's plays but I thought that

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    I was wholly unfamiliar with Wendy Wasserstein but I love reading about writers and her life featured so many elements I e

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    An incredibly fun read not only about Wendy Wasserstein but her generation of playwrights It reads like an extensive magazine profile than a traditional biography punctuated with incisive uotations and observations from her family an