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Husband and Wife

3.19  ·  Rating details ·  1,862 ratings  ·  305 reviews
“Leah Stewart’s brilliantly written novel Husband and Wife is a deeply human book: funny, tender, smart, self-aware. When you read it you will laugh, you will cry, you will recognize others, you will recognize yourself.” — Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Castaways and Barefoot

From the highly acclaimed author of The Myth of You and Me comes a new novel about a young mother
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Harper (first published 2010)
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Bree T
Dec 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Sarah is 35 years old, married to Nathan and has two children, aged 3 and 5 months. She works full time supporting her husband, a writer. Nathan had a $50,000 advance for his latest book, named Infedelity and just as the proofs arrive, when Sarah is getting ready to go to the wedding of two of their friends, Nathan sits her down and tells her that Infidelity is not exactly fiction. Over a year ago at a writers conference, Nathan cheated on Sarah with another writer there and he used this experie ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wish I could give this book 3 stars for the story and five stars for the spot-on depiction of married life and parenting. This is a story about a woman whose husband admits that the book he is writing about infidelity is actually partially true. The rest of the book deals with the consequences of this for them and their two young children and how the wife will ultimately respond to the whole thing. While I felt like the story started to drag a bit about halfway through, I stayed with it becaus ...more
Apr 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books that makes me wish I belonged to a book club. Early on, I wasn't certain that I'd like it, I found it a bit depressing. But the writing kept me going. It was like listening to my best friend tell the awful thing that happened recently in her marriage. I couldn't put the book down. I felt badly for her. I wanted to smack her selfish, idiot husband.

The story moves forward and backward as Sarah tries to figure out how she/they got to where they are now. When did she cease
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
On the surface, this book is about a man who cheated on his wife. But really it's about reconciling who you've become when it's not who you wanted to become, i.e. being true to yourself doesn't mean that you can't change who you are.

(Also, I am now convinced that being a single mother to two young children might possibly be the worst fate in the world.)

So glad I went to see Leah Stewart speak at Thurber House this summer. She's seemed like the perfect blend of who I am and who I admire.

Jun 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Larry H
Sarah and Nathan have a fairly idyllic life—they have two beautiful children, great friends and Nathan has a successful career as a novelist, with his newest book, Infidelity, about to be released. And then Nathan drops a bombshell on Sarah: he slept with another woman once during a writer's conference. Needless to say, this revelation throws Sarah for a loop, causing her to question everything—her marriage, whether she is satisfied with the path her life has taken, even whether she should have ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
This was good, fast read. There were parts that I earmarked because, Oh my gosh, I've said/thought the exact same thing. My husband and I have had very similar discussions. While the premise is sad, it felt quite real to me, so that made it good. ...more
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Standard story, husband confesses infidelity, wife goes through emotional crisis. But SO WELL TOLD. Poetic in its well-phrased insights.
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Husband and Wife opens on a common domestic scene, but it's not tranquil. The baby sitter has arrived to attend to the two young children of Sarah Price and her husband, Nathan, as they prepare to go out for the evening. Sarah is searching for her husband's shoe and resisting the urge to go breastfeed her baby son when Nathan shatters this contained chaos. He confesses that his pending publication titled, Infidelity, holds some basis in fact. He had an affair the previous year while attending a ...more
Colleen Turner
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book was wonderful. While the subject matter is not easy and encompasses much that people don't like to think or talk about, I could not put this book down. It was beautifully written and heartachingly complex.

The story opens up with Sarah Price getting ready for a wedding. She is putting herself together, coralling her children and assisting her husband, as always, with finding his missing shoe. Out of nowhere her husband confesses to cheating on her. And so it begins.

When I began this boo
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In this compelling family drama, we meet Sarah Price and her husband, Nathan. She has given up her dreams of creativity for a steady job that supports them, while her husband devotes himself to his fiction and their two small children.

Then, out of the blue, while they are getting ready to attend the wedding of friends, he announces that he has cheated on her. Is this confession a way of escaping the life they have created? And what does it mean for the future?

In the pages that follow, we experie
Tiffani Long
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Oh dear. This was a doozy. It was sad and real and raw but so well done. I felt a little miffed with main character, Sarah, for some of her thoughts and actions, but then I realized I was probably being judgemental because I have secretly shared some of those thoughts on motherhood and marriage. Overall, I couldn't jump on board with her life. I wanted to say "two wrongs don't make a right here, sister" but of course, she didn't listen, cause she's a character and I am her reader.

The book was i
May 28, 2010 rated it liked it
This book could have made an excellent short story. In it, a mother of two young children learns that her husband had a brief affair. She grapples with the infidelity, but more than that, she grapples with her own identity. Has she lost the person that she was? Is that why her husband cheated? Is she still the same person she used to be, or has she changed forever, or both? There are lots of questions here that will resonate with many readers.

However, this book is 350 pages, and it is a bit of a
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book is raw and emotional. Sarah has been with Nathan for 10 years and they have two young children together. Nathan cheats on Sarah and then writes a book about it and admits that the book is not all fiction. The book follows Sarah through the downhill spiral in the weeks following finding out.

I thought the author did such an amazing job of being so detailed about what exactly Sarah was feeling and why she was feeling that way. I could only bring myself to give it three stars though. Pers
Georgiann Hennelly
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This story had a great plot. Sarah is a mother of two young children. She thinks she has a great marraige, Until her husband an author tells her his new book Infidelity isn,t all fiction.He had an affair a year earlier. Sarah has no idea what to do , she never whats to see him again but knows its not possible because of the children. And yet she wants things to stay the same as before.Sarah has some tough choices to make. This is a really engrossing story..Look forward to reading more by Leah St ...more
Jun 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Not a happy book - I don't think reading about infidelity is ever happy - but once I started reading it, I needed to know what was going to happen. I really felt torn about what choices Sarah should make - as much as I wanted to yell at her at times, I understood her reasoning. I liked it a lot better than The Myth of You and Me - plus I loved all the references to Durham! ...more
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There are a lot of elements to this book besides the fact that wife finds out that her husband has cheated on her in the first couple pages.
It's about her path in life, that she chose to work to support her family when she too was a writer- because her husband is a published writer and it's his career and his latest book is called Infidelity and guess what? it's basically based on his experience with the affair.
But the story is about her having made the choice to stay faithful to her husband w
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
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May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Marriage is complicated. Extramarital affairs just add to the complication. And the past, well that can be a complication all on its own. In Leah Stewart's novel, Husband and Wife, we find ourselves introduced to Sarah and Nathan, a married couple with two children. She brings home the bacon, while he stays home to fry it - well, he also writes books and takes care of their kids. In fact, his latest book is set to be a best seller, which should be good news. Except that this book is about infide ...more
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Husband and Wife could have easily turned into a despairing book about the course of life and marriage. In fact, for the first quarter of the book, the first person narrative combined with what appeared (at the time) to be a long, monological whine led me to believe I would strongly dislike the book. Fortunately, that changed and I was able to enjoy this strong, yet still somewhat melancholy read that does, in fact, reflect on the course of life and marriage. And the more I've thought about this ...more
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Husband and Wife is a very real, very raw, emotional book about dealing with infidelity. Most of the wife’s thoughts tend toward the negative,and most of the book is written in her thoughts. The story is one bumpy ride to read, one that made me give my own husband a few extra hugs. In fact one night when reading the end, I snuggled a little closer to him as well once I closed the book. It is an easy read as far as the way it is written, and maybe it is too easily understood, too close, makes one ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book spoke to me. As a new mom, Sarah’s struggle to find her identity was one I could understand. I think any mom and wife, especially ones with young children now, will find themselves nodding in agreement with many of Sarah’s thoughts. I felt completely understood.

That being said, Sarah is no saint and some of the things she does are destructive and dangerous. But Stewart does such a good job of making me understand Sarah that I never totally wrote her off. I felt her pain. I didn’t like
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
What an interesting book! After reading the first 50 pages or so, I couldn't decide if I was going to like this book, or even if I wanted to finish it. I had not read Leah Stewart's other books, and had won this on Goodreads. My first complaint was that I just didn't like the main characters. Sarah, the narrator, seemed kind of whiny. But - I am really glad I persevered in reading the book! the more I read, the more I liked Stewart's writing. And I was actually interested in how the story turned ...more
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book promised to be more. No kidding, at times I thought I'd give this book a five star rating. The writing swept me along.

Until the story fell apart and wandered aimlessly.

The writing is aggressive, always pushing forward. The premise is simple: how does a talented woman who has sacrificed her career as a poet cope with her author husband telling her that his latest novel about infidelity is based on fact.

This 35 year old mother of two young children does not cope with the news. She rages,
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Husband and Wife is a novel by Leah Stewart. The story begins with the main character, Sarah, learning that her husband's recent novel was partly based on personal experience...experience cheating on her. The story follows how this revelation effects Sarah as it leads her to contemplate the adult she has become and other paths her younger self could have taken. The plot itself didn't wow me, but I really loved Stewart's prose. The writing carried me through the book and fleshed out well-develope ...more
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
One of the most realistic novels I've read on the subject of marriage and infidelity. Some of the other reviewers have complained about the wife's "bad behavior" and "whininess" but it really rang true to me. I have a friend who had the same experience and reacted in the same way, right down to tracking down old boyfriends for a little revenge. I also loved the portrayal of the children: they were a perfect and completely believable mixture of adorable and soul-crushing. (There's a scene in a Mc ...more
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book literally gutted me with how easily, how inevitably, every marriage becomes That Cliche after you have children. No matter how unique your beginning or how clever or cool or different you were convinced you would be. No one goes into marriage expecting to become That Woman. There should be some shared comfort or something in that knowledge. Instead this book left me exhausted. And sad. And profoundly amazed at how similar our life experiences are. And how little separates me from Those ...more
May 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
Just blah. I was actually disappointed in this book. I really liked The Myth of You and Me but this one just left me with that blah feeling. Yes, the writing is great. But the story just didn't move me. Its like the book was more about the writing than the characters. For me. I actually almost didn't even finish it but I kept hoping I'd get into it more. I didn't. ...more
Carla Jean
Jun 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Over the past couple of years, I've noticed that I really love books where the bulk of the narrative is the main character's thoughts. Leah Stewart's The Myth of You and Me was one of the books that made me realize that I don't need a lot of dialogue to be a happy reader, and Husband and Wife follows in those steps. ...more
Nov 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
I don't know what I was expecting but I wasn't very entertained by this book. The main character transformed into a self-justifying hysterical harpy within the first few pages of the book and only got worse from there. Her behavior throughout the book was a lot worse than her husband's single act of betrayal, in my opinion. ...more
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I'm the author of five novels: BODY OF A GIRL, THE MYTH OF YOU AND ME, HUSBAND AND WIFE, THE HISTORY OF US, and THE NEW NEIGHBOR. I teach in the creative writing program at the University of Cincinnati. ...more

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“The thing is, you make choices. You do some things and you don't do others and in the end there's not much point in asking what different choices might have gained you, and lost you, unless you have a time machine. You become those choices, you embody them...
I'd known I couldn't stay, just as I'd known years before I couldn't be with him, even as I'd gone on pretending I had a choice. I was who I was, and I wanted what I already had.”
“I was traumatizing her. I could only hope that at three she was too young to retain any of this in memory, that in the years to follow I could make up for any future need for therapy I was creating now. Could I? Or would she always have a deep insecurity, the kind that send people careening from one disastrous romance to the next? And why did I have to live my life obsessed with these kinds of concerns, this constant attempt to control the most uncertain of outcomes, my own effect on someone else's mind?” 3 likes
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