The Wife by Meg Wolitzer audiobook

The Wife: A Novel

By Meg Wolitzer
Read by Dawn Harvey

8.16 Hours 05/19/2015 Unabridged
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Meg Wolitzer brings her characteristic wit and intelligence to a provocative story about the evolution of a marriage, the nature of partnership, the question of a male or female sensibility, and the place for an ambitious woman in a man’s world. The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan’s husband Joseph is one of America’s preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop. From this gripping opening, Meg Wolitzer flashes back to Smith College and Greenwich Village in the 1950s and follows the course of the marriage that has brought the couple to this breaking point—one that results in a shocking revelation. With her skillful storytelling and pitch-perfect observations, Wolitzer has crafted a wise and candid look at the choices all men and women make—in marriage, work, and life.

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Summary

Summary

An Oprah Pick of Books behind the Summer's Biggest Movies

A Washington Post Best Book of 2018 for Book-to-Screen Adaptations

A PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book Club Pick

An iBooks bestseller in Fiction and Literature

Meg Wolitzer brings her characteristic wit and intelligence to a provocative story about the evolution of a marriage, the nature of partnership, the question of a male or female sensibility, and the place for an ambitious woman in a man’s world.

The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan’s husband Joseph is one of America’s preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop. From this gripping opening, Meg Wolitzer flashes back to Smith College and Greenwich Village in the 1950s and follows the course of the marriage that has brought the couple to this breaking point—one that results in a shocking revelation.

With her skillful storytelling and pitch-perfect observations, Wolitzer has crafted a wise and candid look at the choices all men and women make—in marriage, work, and life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Acerbically funny…Wolitzer keeps us guessing right up until the gut-wrenching twist of a finale.” Entertainment Weekly
“[Wolitzer] has great fun satirizing an all too recognizable stratum of literary life.” New Yorker
“A puzzle and an entertainment…a near heartbreaking document of feminist realpolitik.” New York Times Book Review
“Wolitzer’s…funny yet harshly bitter book features amazingly crafted prose, and the story of what Joan sacrifices to support her husband and his illustrious career is just as astounding. Complete with a staggering twist ending, this is not one to miss.” Library Journal
“Deploys a calm, seamless humor…Rage might be the signature emotion of the powerless, but in Wolitzer’s hands, rage is also very funny.”  New York Times
“To say that The Wife is Wolitzer’s most ambitious novel to date is an understatement.” Washington Post
“An intimate and searing portrait of a long-term marriage in all its secrets and compromises.” Variety
“A rollicking, perfectly pitched triumph…Wolitzer’s talent for comedy of manners reaches a heady high.” Los Angeles Times
“Wolitzer choreographs her ire into kung-fu precision moves to zap our every notion about gender and status, creativity and fame, individuality and marriage.” Booklist (starred review)
“Wolitzer’s crisp pacing and dry wit carry us headlong into a devastating message about the price of love and fame.” Publishers Weekly
“Tells the story not only of a marriage built on uneven compromises but also of a woman’s poignant self-discovery. Readers born after 1970 may not appreciate what motivates Joan Castleman, but it is crucial to know this woman—many of us already do and don’t even realize it.” Washington Post

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 9/13/2017
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This is one of those books that whether read by a man or a woman, truth, albeit often hidden in duplicitous behavior, comes forth with a fury. With a husband, Joseph Castleman, being honored with the Helsinki Prize in Literature, (the Pulitzer an accepted loss in his writing career) he, along with his wife, Joan, fly to Helsinki to accept the honor. In the busy schedule Joseph must address, once he arrives, Joan has a lot of time to revisit their courtship and the many years they’ve spent together. Here we come to realize this is a marriage needing to end for Joan, but circumstances keep delaying the inevitable moment when she tells him it’s over. There is a true-to-life tension here between husband and wife that is rarely dealt with honestly. To Ms. Wolitzer’s credit, she not only handles it with bravado and compassion, but gives a few lessons for the rest of us to bear in mind as we address our own relationships. Bravo for a searing honesty, read with equal conviction by Dawn Harvey. – Odin Roark
by Jack Vincent 9/13/2017
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Really a very good insightful book I was happy that I listen to it !!!

This book was much better than I thought it was going to be the story of a young college girl falls for the professor who of course becomes famous. However that is not the story it's told from the wife's point of view and gives the whole book such meaning and dares to say things that most people just muter to themselves . Also a great look into the changing times from the fifty's to well ......................... no spoiler alert here . Give the book a listen and you'll be hooked on it after the first track .

Author

Author Bio: Meg Wolitzer

Author Bio: Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer is a New York Times bestselling author of several novels for adults as well as Belzhar for young adults.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 8.16
Audience: Adult
Language: English