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A complex, compelling portrait of a marriage that raises painful issues, even as it has you howling with recognition. 'The Wife picks up some of the hard questions with the lightest, most glittering or touches' - Allison Pearson, author of I Don't Know How She Does It.
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Published: 07 June 2012
Genre: Modern fiction
A husband.A wife.A secret.Joe and Joan Castleman are on route to Helsinki, Joe is thinking about the prestigious literary prize he will receive and Joan is plotting how to leave him. For too long Joan has played the role of supportive wife, turning a blind eye to his misdemeanours, subjugating her own talents and quietly being the keystone of his success. The Wife is an acerbic and astonishing take on a marriage from its public face to the private world behind closed doors. Wolitzer has masterfully created an expose of lives lived in partnership and the truth that behind the compromises, dedication and promise inherent in marriage there so often lies a secret...
Hilarious and touching
Erica Wagner, The Times
Already a classic... and I have no idea why it's author remains so less well known than her US compatriots, Alison Lurie and Lorrie Moore
With a great lightness of touch, Wolitzer's novel satirises American literary circles of the Seventies and Eighties and traces the generation of wives who poured their own creative energies into 'stoking the fires' of their husbands' reputations
Emma Hagestadt, Independent
A triumph of tone and observation, The Wife is a blithe, brilliant take on sexual politics
Meg Wolitzer is so funny and clever she should be bottled and sold as tonic
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Meg Wolitzer is the author of several acclaimed novels, most recently The Uncoupling (‘tingles with playfulness and wicked observation’ Independent) and The Wife (‘has you howling with recognition’ Allison ...