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W 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 1950s an artist that came of age during the freewheeling 1970s a power woman in 1980s 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 o I was wholly unfamiliar with Wendy Wasserstein but I love reading about writers and her life featured so many elements I enjoy reading about women s colleges New York City the arts scene and complicated families This is an authorized biography and I was apprehensive at first that would mean a glossing over of anything unsavory about Wasserstein or her family Instead I found it to be measured fair and detailed albeit dry from time to time Wasserstein s life has elements of the fairy tale a secret brother suirreled away in an asylum her mother s forgotten first marriage rollercoaster success as a playwright her secret pregnancy and Salamon presents Wasserstein s story with respect and a kind of calmness At some points I wanted a little less distance Salamon writes very openly about the Wassersteins intense secrecy and even though she shares painful revelations I still felt at arm s length Perhaps it was the subject herself as Salamon explains in her Acknowledgments Untangling Wendy Wasserstein s story reuired constant triangulation between her dramatic interpretations of her life and times her nonfiction essays and everything else The snapshots of Wasserstein s life at Mount Holyoke were especially fascinating to me I love reading about women s colleges in the 60s and learning about the Off Broadway theater scene was very eye opening especially in regards to how women were treated I enjoy taking risks with my reading now and then and I appreciated this biography of a new to me writer Wendy Wasserstein is now on my TBR having this background will make reading her work richer I think and I m curious now about other female playwrights from the 60s and 70s

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Wendy and the Lost Boys

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize the first woman playwright to win a Tony Award Wendy Wasserstein was a Broadway luminary But with her high pitched giggle and 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 October 18 1950 to 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 glamorous sister became a high ranking corpo I am madly in love with Wendy Wasserstein in that oh em gee your plays rock my world kind of way so reading Wendy and the Lost Boys by Julie Salamon was a no brainer I should give you a bit of background firstAbout six months ago I realized that I was seeing a lot of shows but not reading many plays so I took it upon myself to start reading one play a week to pick up on a large chunk of work that I was unfamiliar with To simplify my process I choose one playwright at a time and read their whole cannon before proceeding and I am working on alternating males and females while mixing up race as well I started with August Wilson s Century Cycle then moved on to Wendy Wasserstein since the theatre I work for had a long standing relationship with her and my boss knew her well I thought it was appropriate I know you don t care but I am on Harold Pinter right now What this means is you would have an additional book review each week if I were reviewing the plays but I digressI fell in love with Wendy and her characters I relate to her work and I am moved by seeing her in all of her characters the search for oneself and the longing for the unattainably perfect life we were told we could have or even worse the life our parents want us to have without regard for what we want Wendy and I might be separated by a few decades in age but I relate to her work so deeply Reading Wendy and the Lost Boys was an incredibly enjoyable experienceOn top of getting down and dirty with Wendy s family what a clan this book also added another chapter to the History of Off Broadway cannon You can t have a history of Off Broadway without a history of it s people and this book is no exception It joins Free For All Joe Papp The Public and The Greatest Theater Story Ever Told by Kenneth Turan and Joseph Papp as one of my favorite theatre history books I have no doubt that there are some inaccuracies as people claim Wendy passed away over 5 years ago and was an incredibly private person anyhow when alive but I appreciate the story as a whole and love the tribute that this book is to her and to her work the work that I admire so deeplyhttpsassypeachreadsblogspotcom

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Rate executive at a time when Fortune 500 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 six years later very fe 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


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 du

  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 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 bee

  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 Wendy and the Lost Boys by Julie Salamon was a no brainer I should give you a bit of background firstAbo

  4. says:

    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

  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 definitely was Contrasting the private Wasserstein with the public Wasserstein the book reveals an ambitious talente

  6. says:

    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

  7. says:

    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 Wass

  8. says:

    Note after the first 3 paragraphs below written immediately upon completing the book find the review I wrote for

  9. says:

    I was wholly unfamiliar with Wendy Wasserstein but I love reading about writers and her life featured so many elements I enjoy reading about women's colleges New York City the arts scene and complicated families This is an authorized biograph

  10. says:

    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 and friends not only about Wendy and her work While largely reflecting upon the '60s and the '80s her

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