The Wife

The Wife

Large Print - 2005
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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.
Publisher: Anstey, Eng. : Thorpe, 2005, c2003.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781846170652
Characteristics: 345 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 22, 2019

“Everyone knows how women soldier on, how women dream up blueprints, recipes, ideas for a better world, and then sometimes lose them on the way to the crib in the middle of the night, on the way to the Stop & Shop, or the bath. They lose them on the way to greasing the path on which their husband and children will ride serenely through life.”
― Meg Wolitzer, The Wife

Jun 14, 2019

Mixed thoughts about this book

Groszerita Jun 02, 2019

I was not a fan of this book, however, the writing was good. Yet the characters didn't compel me to care for them.

May 16, 2019

I gotta say I wasn't a fan of this book. It was as though I was waiting for something amazing to happen, as though the entire book was just one big build-up that ultimately fizzles out, anticlimactically, in the end. I would not recommend this title.

Apr 03, 2019

"Contemporary novels by men often seemed to include Homeric catalogs of information, moving from the costs of things to what they felt and tasted like."
I imagine a lot of people (including me) are reading this 2003 novel because of the recent film adaptation with Glenn Close. This a nice feminist twist on the great male novelist theme. I also like her novels "The Interestings" and "The Female Persuasion."

JCLHeatherC Mar 14, 2019

There was only one way for this story to end and it wasn't nearly as satisfying as it should have been. Little hints planted throughout the book give away the 'twist' but in a subtle way.

nwhite1 Mar 07, 2019

After seeing the film, I've added this book to my "to read" list. I'm interested in finding out what changes they made to the plot for the movie, which the library also has available to borrow:

Feb 21, 2019

Well written, this novel grabs you from the first sentence. Wolitzer nicely balances the storyline with the back story of how Joan comes to the decision, 35,000 feet in the air on her way to Helsinki, to leave her husband

Feb 11, 2019

Joe and Joan meet as college creative writing teacher and student. Later they spend long lives as husband and wife. He becomes a noted writer; she is a mother and supportive spouse. The couple arrive in Helsinki for Joe to receive a prestigious award. But, below the surface, something more seems about to happen.

This month’s NYT/PBS NewsHour reading choice and the book used to write the screenplay for actor Glenn Close’s Oscar-nominated role as Joan in the movie of the same name. Kind of a mystery told from Joan’s point of view. Page turner, although ending not as surprising as hyped.

Jan 12, 2019

Seemed like the British type of dry humour.
Wondered how the movie went as most comments were in her head
and not vocal. A quick read.

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