Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “My Wife's Affair” as Want to Read:
My Wife's Affair
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

My Wife's Affair

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  286 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A smart, sexy novel about a woman's search for her former self on the London stage

Georgie and Peter, very much in love, move to London with their three children. Once there, Georgie's dormant acting career takes off and she wins the role of Dora Jordan in a one-woman show. Dora Jordan was the most famous comic actress of the eighteenth century (she had thirteen illegiti
...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Putnam Adult (first published 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about My Wife's Affair, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about My Wife's Affair

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 533)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Alex George
I read this novel in two days. Two busy days, at that. An awful lot of people have observed that this book is nigh impossible to put down once you begin reading, and I can confirm that this is indeed the case. The author pulls you in to the story, and then simply doesn’t let go. The narrative drags you along with quiet but inexorable tension. It’s merciless, and quite brilliant.

The story revolves around an ex-pat American couple living in London, and (I don’t think I can be accused of spoiling a
...more
Kristine
Well written and for the most part held my interest. The story is told through the voice of the husband and the author is able to weave a tale that captures your attention from the start. The parts I found at times odious were when the book would slip into the dialogue of Dora Jordan, the actress that Georgie was portraying in her play. I understood what the author was trying to do, drawing parallels between the Georgie and the actresss she was portraying, but it got a little too much at times f ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Ok, this one is going to be a hard one to review and would have much rather reviewed it before I read the final two chapters. It is going to so difficult to explain what I didn't like about this book without giving anything away (which is something I totally dislike in a review) I will try my best!

Good Stuff

Beautifully written, but tragic
The narrator's obvious love for his wife is so beautifully described
The narrator's wife is wonderfully theatrical (although quite the self involved tramp)
The
...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
I was wavering between a 4 and a 5 the entire way through the book, and then the ending brought it all the way up to a 5/5.

The book is narrated by Georgie's husband...it goes back and forth telling about the life of Dora Jordan also an actress/comedian who Georgie portrays in a one-woman show and Georgie's life with her husband and three boys.

Georgie left the stage in New York to be a stay-at-home mother, but now that her husband has been transferred to London and the children are enrolled in Lo
...more
Jlaurenmc
Nancy Woodruff's novel My Wife's Affair is the story of exactly that -- an affair. Told from the perspective of the cuckolded husband, however, it becomes so much more than that. It is actually the story of a marriage, and could be titled as such, were it not for the eventual fate the marriage inescapably reaches.

Peter and Georgie are two Americans living in the New Jersey suburbs after three sons born in quick succession forced them out of their brownstone in New York City. Georgie, a former ac
...more
Paul Pessolano
"My Wife's Affair" wil be enjoyed by everyone, but will have special meaning to those who are in the theatre. It is a tragic love story that is unusual in that it is told from the perspective of the husband.

Georgie Connolly is happily married and has three boys. She has forsaken her career in theatre for her family. Her husband, Peter, is a journalist and is being transferred from New Jersey to London. It is here that Georgie finds her way back to the theatre in a one woman show.

The show is abou
...more
Kelly Hager
If you are someone that I exchange presents with, stop reading now because odds are very, very good you're going to find this book as a present.

For the rest of you--holy crap. I wish I could explain to you just how brilliant and amazing and wonderful this book is.

Peter and his wife, Georgie, have recently moved to London with their three sons. Georgie used to act but now mostly takes care of the boys. Now that they're in London, though, and her boys are in school all day (the British apparently
...more
Jill
If you’ve got a hot work project with an overdue deadline, a soccer game that you simply must attend, or any “must do” commitments in the next couple of days, whatever you do, DON’T pick up this book. It will grip you, entice you, and place you under its spell. And in the end, it just may break your heart.

The book, narrated by Peter – a wannabe novelist turned businessman – focuses on his wife Georgie, a mother of three who has become unmoored with the day-to-day drudgeries of an ordinary life.
...more
Amanda Ishtayeh
I am always intrigued when people say they reread a book...this was one that I too wish to reread and also wish I had read on my Kindle so I could have easily marked passages. Full of intrigue and surprise this is a great read that will stand up to the test of time. The emotions are ones that men and women will both relate to. My favorite line is this: "But now I was a father, and being a father made you less of a man, I could see. It left you powerless to do what you really wanted to do, becaus ...more
Cina
The only thing I liked about this book was that it was a quick read...outside of that I found the plot to be easy to detect and the ending rather meh. I feel like the author really didn't capture the voice of a man whose wife cheated on him. I don't think as a woman she could fully grasp what men go through and it seemed kind of stereotypical how he handled all the events that happened. Then to only make him in the end become the bad guy and the wife the victim I felt was actual rubbish. It's re ...more
Chrisanne
Nancy Woodruff's themes of love and passion sparked my interest from page one. The delicate balance between family and career rarely exists for any of us and, in this story, one woman's desperate attempt to strike such a balance led to a tragic end. Ms. Woodruff expertly captures the lure and thrill of live theatre. I was fascinated by the fictional Georgie and how her persona was entwined with the real life of the woman she portrayed on stage, Dora Jordan. Excellent!
Amy Nash
After finally clearing off my stack of "required" reading, I was able to start...and finish "My Wife's Affair" this weekend. It was terrific! Fast paced, engaging, and had me guessing right up until the end. I can ensure that this book will now be making the rounds among my book club members as well as my sisters...and we are all big talkers about the books we've read.

Congratulations to Ms. Woodruff on a thoroughly enjoyable yet heart wrenching novel.

Mary Lou
This book was calling out for 4 stars all the way through and the powerful ending notched it up to 5. Beautifully written book where the language did not interfere with the story, which was compelling (actually both parallel stories were compelling). Very hard to put down, so I rarely did.
MountainShelby
An entertaining, quick read. Despite some clever insights into the nature of relationships, the book is rather silly, from the unlikely premise (the long-suffering husband sweetly retelling the story of his wife's affair), to the tiresome Mrs Jordan melodrama, to the lurid, way over the top ending. I found Georgie a completely unsympathetic character, another tiring case of a woman who wants it all but can't have it all. The affair itself is no sizzling hotbed of passion, which is likely the poi ...more
Michele
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mary Verdick
As Long as He Needs Me by Mary Verdick

Provocative and Deftly Written

Georgie Connolly, a talented actress, has put her career on hold for marriage and the mothering of three little boys she adores. But when her husband Peter, a failed novelist, who now works for a financial company, is given a promotion which means moving the family to London, she is excited and once in England her dormant career is revitalized and flourishes. Thanks to an old friend she finds work in the theater and is given the role of a lifetime, recreating the
...more
Kim Brown
As a writer, it is difficult for me to read a novel without questioning the author’s choices. I wondered why Nancy Woodruff wrote My Wife’s Affair from the husband’s perspective. It seemed gimmicky. But the passage: "Writing is a solitary craft. We are always on the outside, looking in, looking longingly but never belonging, and maybe that’s why we become writers, committing ourselves to a sort of sanctioned life gazing into others’ brightly lit picture windows while standing in our own perpetua ...more
Debbie Maskus
I enjoyed the book, but the ending is so tragic. I feel that all hope of a reconciliation has been destroyed, like the fire that ended Fergus. The scenes of the play, Shakespeare's Woman, enhanced the story line. What a life for Dora Jordan, a mother of 13, but no husband; and a career as an actress, and mistress to the future King of England. Then her solitary life at the end. The story parallels that of Georgie, her career means life to her. A woman cannot seem to have both a career and childr ...more
Cortney
This book had its dry parts and I got bored, but I still gave it 3 stars because the last 30 pages of the book made up for the dry parts!! What a shocking ending!!! I don't want to spoil it incase any of my friends are reading this review and want to read it.

Its about a couple with 3 young kids, who move to London for her husbands work for 3 years. The wife gets a job starring in a play and has an affair with the Director.

The interesting part about this book is that the whole book is wrote throu
...more
Susan
There are parallel stories in this novel -- a current day actress stars in a one woman play about an actress from a couple of centuries ago -- and I found the older (and true) story more compelling than the modern one. As Georgie gets more and more engrossed in the role of Mrs. Jordan, the similarities in their lives become more and more obvious, and she begins to lose touch with her real life.
In the end the plot turns overly symbolic and emotionally manipulative, sort of in a Jodi Picoult kind
...more
Mary
This is a very old story about a marriage changed by an affair. The point of view makes it very interesting though. There is also a play about a famous Shakespearean actress interspersed with the narrative which is also a good story. Well worth reading and the ending is well done.

"Her relationship with her mother was not troubled, just never so close as with her dad, and though she loved her brothers, they were only brothers. Her father was her path-maker, the one who sent her on her way in the
...more
Angela
This novel was written from the perspective of the husband and/or lead male role (Peter). This instantly caught my attention and I enjoyed the story from that angle. He told the story of his life and how he viewed his wife's affair, versus the story coming from her as the main character. The text written as Georgie's character of Dora Jordan was a little long at times, however, I understand it's relevance to the novel in showing how Georgie related to the character she was portraying and in esse ...more
Nette
Second book this week about marital infidelity! (This means nothing except that both books were due at the library on the same day.) I didn't enjoy this one as much as "Husband and Wife" -- it was a bit dry and cold. The wife is touring in a one-woman show about an 18th century actress, and huge chunks of the play are included to show (clumsily) the parallels between the two women. The play is pretty bad and totally uncommercial, and yet it's about to go on to London's West End. Really? "Shut do ...more
Nicole Bonia
Readers who enjoy contemporary and historical fiction will be delighted at the way Woodruff uniquely blends the two. Both Georgie and Mrs. Jordan’s journeys are compelling. The prose in My Wife’s Affair is straightforward and easy to read, but I found that it was not easy to move on to doing something else, and I read this book in just a few sittings. I loved all the nuances and how things tied up at the end. The storyline was resolved yet perfect in ambiguousness. I still think about this one a ...more
Beth
the needlessly over-the-top ending spoiled the whole rest of the fairly-insightful book.
Carol
A fantastic story set in present day London. Peter, who is transferred to London from New York City, moves his wife, Georgie, and their three sons all under the age of five.

Upon arriving, Georgie wins the role of Dora Jordan in the one woman show "Shakespeae' Woman".
Dora Jordan (l761-1816) was a well beloved actress and also the mistress to the Duke of Clarence, later to become William IV.

Georgie's life starts to resemble Dora's life as Georgie exams her own.

A tightly written story which I will
...more
Cathe Olson
I picked up this book intending to read the first page to see if it was something that might interest me . . . I never put it down. I just loved every second of this story of a woman torn between her work as an actress and her family--and what happens when she has an affair with a playwright. The story is told from the point of view of her husband who loves her so much, which made it even more powerful. Wonderful writing, griping story. I can't believe I'd never heard about this book before. Hig ...more
Susanne
This starts out as a rather predictable story of love and unfaithfulness. But it's not. The author's ability to acutely describe the pain and the feelings of loss makes it an outstanding narrative, all the way to the overwhelmingly tragic and unexpected ending.
Jane
Sep 09, 2010 Jane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like books which are well written and deal with marriage or theater
I loved the theater theme...the play within the novel. The story itself was almost slaustrophobic. A husband and wife going through difficult times because raising children and balancing careers each partner is committed to is always hard, but also because there are ways of being loved that marriage doesn't satisfy. I really enjoyed this books and...my next book...The Lake Shore Limited, helped me realize what I wasn't satisfied with about My Wife's Affair, which I did indeed like.
Kimberly Smith
I most related to the struggle women have of balancing one's pursuit of adventure and passion with duty and responsibility. And whichever way you go, you feel guilty for neglecting the other. When I was a young mother if I threw myself into mothering or church work I felt guilty for not doing more with my career. Wheneverr I became stuck at work, I felt like I was letting my family down!


I enjoyed this book overall. It was a quick and easy read.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 17 18 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Remedies
  • Ten Degrees of Reckoning
  • Next Stop: A Memoir
  • Where's My Wand?: One Boy's Magical Triumph over Alienation and Shag Carpeting
  • I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing but True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dog
  • The Metabolic Typing Diet: Customize Your Diet To: Free Yourself from Food Cravings: Achieve Your Ideal Weight; Enjoy High Energy and Robust Health; Prevent and Reverse Disease
  • Life's That Way: A Memoir
  • The Kingdom of Ohio
  • The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott
  • This Is Not The Story You Think It Is...: A Season of Unlikely Happiness
  • Twilight (Jenny Cain, #10)
  • A Long Fatal Love Chase, Vol. 2
  • The Gendarme
  • A Flaw in the Blood
  • Very Bad Men
  • When We Were Romans
  • The Sky Unwashed
  • The Golden Prince
Someone Else's Child someone else's child Shards: A Young Vice Cop Investigates Her Darkest Case of Meth Addiction—Her Own Straight to Soulless ...My Journey to Gay: Part 1 & 2

Share This Book

“(Georgie) Why is it that you always want to run after the one that goes off in a huff, and push away the one who is clinging to you?” 9 likes
“(Peter) If you don't share the lows, it seems you might stop sharing the highs as well.” 6 likes
More quotes…