A witty, elegant comedy of errors to rival any of Shakespeare's
Sharp witty tale about the sexual politics of a marriage from New York Times bestseller and author of the acclaimed The Interestings
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Published: 08 May 2014
Genre: Modern fiction
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. Their marriage has been careering towards this moment, Joe's chance to bask in the glory of a life dedicated to letters and Joan's final appearance as his adoring wife. 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 underpinning it all.
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 ...