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The Wife by Meg Wolitzer
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Jun 30, 2011

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There were parts of this book I liked very much--some great writing, and a compelling plot. But the motivation for the lead character's life decisions (staying married as long as she did and then making the decision so suddenly to leave the marriage) seems weak. Her behavior was easier to understand in the fifties, but after women's liberation became more prominent? When it became clear to her that she was an amazing writer (after the first book was published), why would she sacrifice her whole career--not justified, I don't think....And the author sets up the big secret so early in the book, and then reveals it so late, that we spend the whole book waiting for the other shoe to drop--and don't pay attention to the rest of the reveals......

Also, I found some of the writing to be words for words' sake--beautiful words, but I'd read a few lines over and over again trying to figure out what she meant.

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