The Wife (Paperback)
Sunday, July 12th 2015 at 2pm **Please Note: Date Change due to the Holiday**
Tackling everything from the challenges of marriage to the nature of gender, this bold work by Wolitzer seizes the reader and never lets go.— From The Family of Women Book Group
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Glenn Close Meg Wolitzer brings her characteristic wit and intelligence to a provocative story about the evolution of a marriage, the nature of partnership, the question of a male or female sensibility, and the place for an ambitious woman in a man's world. The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan's husband, Joseph, is one of America's preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop. From this gripping opening, Meg Wolitzer flashes back to 1950s Smith College and Greenwich Village and follows the course of the marriage that has brought the couple to this breaking point--one that results in a shocking revelation. With her skillful storytelling and pitch-perfect observations, Wolitzer has crafted a wise and candid look at the choices all men and women make--in marriage, work, and life.
Los Angeles Times
A rollicking, perfectly pitched triumph...Wolitzer's talent for comedy of manners reaches a heady high.
Acerbically funny...Wolitzer keeps us guessing right up until the gut-wrenching twist of a finale.
The Washington Post
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 knew: Never before has she written so feverishly, so courageously.
The New York Times Book Review
Deploys a calm, seamless humor...Rage might be the signature emotion of the powerless, but in Wolitzer's hands, rage is also very funny.