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Four Wives by Wendy   Walker
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Jan 13, 08

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Read in January, 2008

Four Wives, the debut novel by Wendy Walker hits bookstores next month. I was fortunate enough to be offered an advanced reading copy for review. I don't normally say this in a review but: PRE ORDER YOURS NOW! The book is that good.

Four Wives pokes fun at Ira Levin's Stepford Wives but without the robots. Chapter Thirty is even called "Stepford Wives." But it's more than just a well-written parody about the bedroom communities of the upper middle class. These Stepford wives manage to escape their artificial world an make something of themselves.

The four wives in Walker's novel are Love, Marie, Gayle and Janie. Each woman has her own story but Walker brings these four interesting threads together at the end to provide a satisfying and thought-provoking ending. I really don't want to go into these four stories together to risk spoiling anything.

Most importantly, Walker's novel is a women coming together to bitch about how clueless men are. They may start off believing that nonsense but as the novel progresses, the four wives start to see beyond this stereotype. Walker also gives the men in the book the chance to give their points of view to round out her novel.

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