Bookmarks Magazine's Reviews > The Good Wife
by Stewart O'Nan
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 passage of time. The powerful yet "dry, straightforward, muted prose," notes the Los Angeles Times, aptly captures the "colorlessness of Patty's life." Like O'Nan's previous novels, The Good Wife is grim__and unforgettable.
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.