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The Secret Life of Eva Hathaway

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A chick lit classic first published in 1985, The Secret Life of Eva Hathaway returns, hilarious and wicked as ever, for a new generation of fans.

“I love my husband. The man married me when he didn’t even have to. Then he set me up in a huge house to domesticate the kinks out of my system while he ran his computer company. In four years of marriage he's only raised his voi
Hardcover, 367 pages
Published August 23rd 1985 by Dutton Books
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May 10, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finito
I checked this book out of the library on the Naval base in Yokosuka and read it during the summer. I remember really enjoying it and recommending it to my friend Pam Grant, who also read it and really enjoyed it. Or did she recommend it to me? I can't remember. Anyway, when I was all grown up, I tried to buy a copy of the book and found it to be long out of print. I have since acquired a nice ex-library copy, and I haven't reread it, so I can't confidently say I would still recommend it to ...more
Sep 21, 2013 Karmen added it
Eva Hathaway is a Boston wife who writes hymns while her husband runs from city to city on business (computers). It happens that one day she meets someone else.
Yet she's torn between the security of her marriage and the uncertainty of living with a younger man, who wants to be an opera singer.
Meanwhile, she's commuting from Boston to New York to visit Richard, an old lover, and cover artists for her albums and some other unique friends. Two of which are gay lovers - one a costume designer, the
May 04, 2014 Jody rated it it was amazing
do not call this chic lit! I love her writing, wish she would write many more books. her descriptions of everything make me wish my mind could see the world that way (although there is pain in being so observant, and so dead on!) it's more than a bored housewife tale - we never get the full story of her affair with the married man ten years prior that destroyed her, and there is the crowbar she has slept with since she was 13, suggesting something sinister had been done to her as a young girl. I ...more
Jun 24, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I read this story while I was destroying my own life with an equal amount of denial if not with such a marvelously funny voice as the narrator (and her mother!) manage. I recommend it to anyone who must give up what was never truly hers.
Aug 29, 2009 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm just tired of the restless wife story line... I find them a little insulting. I like to think that there are at least a few women out there having a great sex life with their husband or partner!
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books ever - I've read it several times. Eva is smart and sarcastic, and the ending is very plausible. A few of the characters are a tad over-the-top, but I lovelovelove Eva - even if she's a Yankees fan ;) Overall, a great, fun read, highly recommended!
Read this so long ago I can't honestly remember anything more than it being a decent read. Going through a box of books to get rid of, want to chronicle what I've read, this seems like as good a place as any.
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Nov 07, 2009 Pam Hurst rated it it was amazing
My friend gave me this book in the early 90's and I've read it several times since. "Eva Hathaway" is a nutter and this book is a fun, easy, read. It's a great summer read!
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It was not that fun to read about the unrealistic life of a rich spoiled woman.
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Janice Weber's novels, most of which have something to do with music, have a worldwide following. Her debut novel, The Secret Life of Eva Hathaway, enjoys near cult status and is widely recognized as iconic Chick Lit - though appearing years before the genre was invented. Its colorful characters, verbal virtuosity, wit, and sensuality established the hallmarks of a style that has earned Weber ...more
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