The Wife: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Wolitzer, Meg
Subject:  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Media Tie-In
Publisher: Scribner
Published: July 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.00in x 5.25in x 0.50in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Now a major motion picture from Sony Classics starring Glenn Close.

One of bestselling author Meg Wolitzer's most beloved books-an "acerbically funny" (Entertainment Weekly) and "intelligent…portrait of deception" (The New York Times).

The Wife is the story of the long and stormy marriage between a world-famous novelist, Joe Castleman, and his wife Joan, and the secret they've kept for decades. The novel opens just as Joe is about to receive a prestigious international award, The Helsinki Prize, to honor his career as one of America's preeminent novelists. Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, finally decides to stop.

Important and ambitious, The Wife is a sharp-eyed and compulsively readable story about a woman forced to confront the sacrifices she's made in order to achieve the life she thought she wanted. "A rollicking, perfectly pitched triumph…Wolitzer's talent for comedy of manners reaches a heady high" (Los Angeles Times), in this wise and candid look at the choices all men and women make-in marriage, work, and life.
Review Quote*New York Times Notable Book
Review Quote*"A rollicking, perfectly pitched triumph. . . Wolitzer's talent for comedy of manners reaches a heady high."
-Los Angeles Times
Review Quote*"Acerbically funny . . . Wolitzer keeps us guessing right up until the gut-wrenching twist of a finale."
-Entertainment Weekly
Review Quote*"To say that The Wife is Wolitzer's most ambitious novel to date is an understatement. This important book introduces another side of a writer we thought we never knew: Never before has she written so feverishly, so courageously."
-The Washington Post
Review Quote*"Deploys a calm, seamless humor. . . Rage might be the signature emotion of the powerless, but in Wolitzer's hands, rage is also very funny."
-The New York Times Book Review
Review Quote*"The Wife isn't just women's lit with feminist issues. Deft and passionate, it raises questions about misguided aims and the deals we make with ourselves and others to reach them."
Review Quote*"There are women in New York City who would kill to be Joan Castleman . . . [Wolitzer] paints an urbane picture of the book world of the '50s and '60s, when male writers would put down their pens and use their fists. Her hilarious gripes about marriage make this tale a pleasure best indulged in away from your better half."
Review Quote*"Meg Wolitzer's sixth novel, The Wife, may be her boldest yet-an exploration of the passionate highs and divorce-threatening lows of Joan and Joe Castleman's forty-year marriage, delivered with signature wit, warmth, and a wise, woman's-eye view."
Review Quote*"The Wife speeds along, glittering all the way, equal parts Jane Austen and Fran Lebowitz: epigrammatic, perceptive, ironic, smart, and ringing with truth. . . . [It] crackles with such intensity that it's hard to put down for a few hours. . . . [Wolitzer] grabs hold of that brass ring of universal experience and takes us all along for the carousel ride."
-The Buffalo News