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The Wife by Meg Wolitzer
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Dec 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: 2008, general-fiction, books-about-books
Read in December, 2008

This was a great surprise.
I thought it was going to be chick-lit but it was of a high caliber (not that chick-lit does not have its place or is always total schlock). This book was well written and the plot had lots of interesting twists. The narrator is a woman leaving her famous writer husband after over 40 years of marriage. The writer-husband is very reminiscent of Philip Roth and his ilk--very prickish and more than a little over-rated at times---huge ego. So it is as if a female from a Philip Roth novel finally gets to tell her side of the story. This book is humorous and touching, a pleasure from beginning to end.


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