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The Doctor's Wife

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  7,119 Ratings  ·  975 Reviews
So begins The Doctor's Wife, a stunning debut novel about four people and the cataclysmic intersection of their lives. Michael is a rising OB/GYN at a prominent private practice in Albany, New York; he also moonlights at a local women's health clinic. But Annie, his wife, has become tired of her workaholic husband's absences, and the soccer-mom lifestyle has worn thin. She ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published November 29th 2005 by Plume Books (first published 2004)
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Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually find it funny that some people hated this book because they found the pro-life/anti-choice characters to be "too extreme" and took offense on the basis that "not all those who stand on the right of this issue are psychotic maniacs." Well, duh. Of course they aren't.

But this book isn't about the ones who aren't. And why not? Because run-of-the-mill ordinary pro-lifers don't make for very interesting fiction. (Neither, for that matter, do run-of-the-mill ordinary pro-choicers). They ha
Jan 01, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I know that this is just my opinion, and others are free to disagree, but I found this book nothing but trash. I found it to be very pro-choice and liberal, with Republicans potrayed as rude, ridiculous, religious bigots, and pro-life people potrayed as crazy and violent. The entire book is simply distateful; while the writing is well done, it is clear this author has an agenda (pro-choice), and the plot itself serves only to reiterate this purpose. To quote another reviewer, tough customer, fro ...more
Mar 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the reviews posted here I was worried that I was not going to like this book. So many people gave one or two stars, and didn't have much good to say about it.

Needless to say, I loved it. I thought it was fantastic and did not want to put it down. I was sad when it was over and really felt a connection to all of the characters.

I will be sure to look for more books from this author in the future.
Apr 14, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Early on I found myself not caring about what happened to the characters. They weren't just deeply flawed, they were unlikable, every single one. I kept reading to see if any life lesson was going to turn even one into a better, likable person, or if something were to be revealed about a character which would mitigate their unlikability. Didn't happen. The ending was underwhelming and unsatisfactory. Don't bother.
Amy Randall
Mar 11, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a page turner for fun on the beach
This was a page turner. I enjoyed it. It was a cross between a love story and thriller/suspense story. It was a different kind of read for me and definitely brought me out of the serious dramas that I have been reading as of late. Well written for a debut novelist. I will certainly read the next one.
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The basis of the book could be one of 'controversy' but, regardless of the pro/anti abortion theme, this book picks up as quick thriller. Just about half way through I become addicted to the characters and did not want to stop reading.
The way the story was written you get to know the characters, as their backgrounds intertwine with their current lives.

Michael and Annie, and their two children; Annie is a bored housewife, who adores her children and her husband, Michael, is a popular Ob/Gyn who
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has the sentence "She parks in the frozen grass and gets out and walks up to the house with her throat feeling tight and a weight in her chest like a dead squirrel." I'm sorry; I can't get past that. WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?
Sep 03, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wasn't sure if I was going to like it at first because of the way it went back and forth in different scenes, past to present, etc. However, I did enjoy it very much and found it hard to put down once I continued reading. Although each of the characters had their own skeletons in the closet, so to speak, I felt empathy for each and every one of them, understanding what led them to their actions. At first I was thinking it would have been nice to find out who's baby Annie was pregnant with. But, ...more
Aug 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
I pulled this book off the library shelf because on the first page the main character was swearing up a storm. I mean, how often do you get to hear that? Especially followed by "I wanted him to be buried deep in the ground where no one would ever look... when I consider my unrelenting devotion to Jesus, I have to say that I am sorely disappointed." This scene is actually almost the last scene in the book and it took me a few pages from this intense beginning to get into the story. After that, th ...more
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ELIZABETH BRUNDAGE graduated from Hampshire College, attended the NYU film school, was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and received an MFA as well as a James Michener Award from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. She has taught at Skidmore College, Bard's Simon's Rock College, Trinity College, the University of Hartford, and the Rochester Institute of T ...more
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“Awkward interests me, he said. At least when you are feeling awkward you are always thinking. When you are feeling fabulous, for example, rare occurrence that it may be, you stop thinking altogether. Which gets you into all kinds of trouble. Hence, you are for the better off feeling awkward. Just the sound of it on your tongue. Like chewing on screws.” 25 likes
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