For fans of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself . . . and finding herself again . . . in the middle of her life.
Wife 22 synopsis – When Alice Buckle, who has been married to William for nearly twenty years, receives a survey in her e-mail from the Netherfield Center for the Study of Marital Happiness, she is in the doldrums. She loves her husband but they’ve grown distant, she is bored with her job, and her adolescent children need her less now. And she has reached the age at which her mother died. So as she idly begins answering the questions, she finds herself baring her soul in an anonymous survey she never even intended to respond to. As she struggles, she realizes it has been years since anyone asked deep, serious questions of her, and really listened to her answers. Soon her entire life as she knows it is called into question.
About the Author
Melanie Gideon is the author of the memoir The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, an NPR and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2009, and a New York Times bestseller, as well as three young adult novels. Her novel, Wife 22 (to be published in 30 countries and translated into 26 languages and currently in development with Working Title Films) is forthcoming from Ballantine in May 2012. She has written for the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, More, Shape, Marie Claire, the London Times, the Daily Mail and other publications. She was born and raised in Rhode Island and now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son. Wife 22 is her first novel for adults.
I don’t remember the last time I read an entire novel in less than three days! It has literally been years, but the second I started reading Wife 22 I was hooked and couldn’t put it down. I found myself sneaking into my kid’s rooms more than once to get a few more chapters in before dinner/lunch/playdates etc. I think, more than any other time in my life, I really related to the main character, Alice Buckle. I am a few years younger but feel like I am having my own mid-life crisis already! With five kids at home, it is so hard to find time to talk to my husband about anything other than our children, work or the weather. I sometimes feel like my husband and I are just roommates trying to make it through each day without any major catastrophes. After reading Wife 22, I am trying my best to remember what it was like with my husband before all the kids! The questions she answers in the survey are thought-provoking and have helped me remember why I fell in love with my husband in the first place! Wife 22 was hilarious, witty, original and will definitely be part of our book club picks this year!
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