The Good Wife
Tommy Dickerson does something stupid. He follows his friend Gary's lead and ends up involved in a murder for which he (and not Gary) pays the price--25 years in prison. At the time of his arrest, his wife Patty is pregnant. This is her story.
We see through her eyes the frustration of the poor as they try to work the system. E...more
After the initial crime and arrest, the action gets less dramatic and falls into typical Stewart O'Nan territory, which is how everyday people face everyday struggles and persist. It's not a flashy book, but I got...more
Patty is pregnant with her first child when her husband Tommy gets mixed up in a breaking and entering gone awry. Someone is murdered, and Tommy ends up going to prison. The book chronicles Patty's life raising her child on her own, standing by her (undeserving in my opinion) m...more
But nothing did happen.
Of course I felt for Patty, she has a very hard life. But overall I was bored. Sometimes O'Nan describes every little detail like which ingredients she needs to prepare dinner or which cookies she bakes, then he skips years ahead. At some point the boy is about to fail maths and then on the next page skippign ahead some years he is a grad...more
It's Patty's story we hear, through her inner dialog and her eyes. Goodreads doesn't allow a half-st...more
The Good Wife, O'Nan's ninth novel (after The Night Country *** Jan/Feb 2004), tells a compassionate, nonjudgmental tale about love, faith, blue-collar existence, prison life, and, above all, the ordinary act of waiting. Told in the present tense by an omniscient narrator, the novel delves deep inside its characters, particularly the hopeful Patty. Although he fails to fully develop her son, O'Nan limns Patty with sympathy and a sharp eye for all the period details that mark her long, difficult...more
And yet, I find that it is one that has stayed with me, the same way Last Night at the Lobster did. O'Nan may...more
I thought that since I finished it I should give it at least a 2 star, but after reviewing the book in my mind I knew I could not do that honestly. With all of the great books that have been wr...more
This is the story of a young wife whose husband accidentally kills someone in a home robbery. She stays with him through his...more