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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,083 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stewart O’Nan Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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On a clear winter night in upstate New York, two young men break into a house they believe is empty. It isn't, and within minutes an old woman is dead and the house is in flames. Soon after, the men are caught by the police.

Across the county, a phone rings in a darkened bedroom, waking a pregnant woman. It's her husband. He wants her to know that he and his friend have gotten themselves into a little trouble. So Patty Dickerson's old life ends, and a strange new one begins.

At once a love story and a portrait of a woman discovering her own strength, The Good Wife follows Patty through the 28 years of her husband's incarceration as she raises her son, navigates a system that has no place for her, and braves the scorn of her community. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hasan | 2/17/2014

    " Patty Dickerson is woken by a phone call in the night telling her that her husband has been arrested for murder committed while robbing a house. The story follows Patty's life while Tommy is in prison. She is a good wife I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 2/12/2014

    " This was a wonderful book. Having said that, I must warn those who are interested in reading it that I felt very sad after each listen. It's a very bleak story of a couple who are separated because of a crime that the husband commits when the two are young and newly married, the wife is pregnant. O'Nan does a wonderful job of taking the reader through the years and decades of the couple's separation. It is a simple story, but quite effective and I just loved his writing style. I'm eager to read or listen to all of his other books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Truthmonkey | 2/10/2014

    " I read this because the library didn't have the book I was looking for by the same author and I took a chance. It wasn't very good. Not only did almost nothing happen after the inital story start, but there was no thought about what had happened. If I woke up to my husband calling me from jail, you canbe there'd be a lot of thought about who he is versus who I thought he was, what my role was in the change, how I had not seen the truth, etc. This woman thought almost nothing of it, and the book drags on through the experiences that follow with no real exploration of meaning. I gave it two stars because it kept my interest well enough to finish...but mostly because I was hoping something would happen. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristen | 2/1/2014

    " Someone at one of my favorite independent book stores in NYC recommended this book to me. The whole time I was reading it, I wondered why. I didn't find the main character believable nor the premise interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lbsantini | 1/26/2014

    " Compelling. As a friend noted, this book has an almost journalistic feel to it--a year by year accounting of a wife whose husband has been sentenced to prison. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 1/14/2014

    " Good. Tommy is drunk and robs an old woman who dies. Goes to prison for 25 years. His wife Patty waits for him and visits him. Have a son Casey. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannan | 1/13/2014

    " The concept and writing were good, but this book really felt drawn out. It could have been condensed into a 20 page short story and achieved the same effect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/11/2014

    " I really like this author's style of writing: by showing us daily lives in great detail, you really can get into the head of his characters. The topic was a bit tabloid-y, but the writing was beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary | 1/2/2014

    " I wish I had discovered this author long ago. What a good read! Makes me want to scream at the narrator to wake up and ditch the husband and get control of her life. O'Nan does what good writers do...grabs the reader and makes her care about the characters. A good read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Ratkowski | 12/11/2013

    " Depressing at times........... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 12/7/2013

    " This was a random book I picked up and I wasn't expecting much. I was moved by the spare prose, and by the author's ability to make me care about the main character. The book spans quite a few years-- the time flew by! I feel an affinity with/admiration for "endurance." A definite recommendation! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 11/20/2013

    " A phone call comes in the middle of the night and the protagonist's husband is going to jail. He spends 25 years there and his wife deals with it in this novel. Somewhat sad and depressing but also inspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ami | 10/7/2013

    " This was a good story, but the ending was a bit anticlimactic. Considering there was very little action or mystery, it still managed to keep me engaged throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 9/21/2013

    " An interesting perspective of a woman who waits 28 years for her husband to complete a jail sentence for murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 3/12/2013

    " This was a decent book, but don't go into it expecting a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Robbins | 2/13/2013

    " Good book. Not terribly exciting, but I liked the main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrice | 1/5/2013

    " The story revolves around Patty and her life after her husband is incarcerated for murder. I found myself vacillating between wanting to slap her upside the head and scream at her to go make a life for herself, and being in awe of her devotion. To love someone that completely is astounding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/3/2012

    " Listened to this...liked it and am going to look into more of his books. It was a good story and I liked that it took place in New York (Southern Tier). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 7/25/2012

    " I like it, I love these deep, thoughtful, books, not for everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip Alexander | 12/30/2011

    " Once again, O'Nan delivers a page-turner and character study played out by complex characters. This is one of his best - the tension he builds in and around the prison scenes is palpable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 sophia liu | 10/17/2011

    " great book, really interesting insight into the prison system in the U.S. through narrative voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 6/11/2011

    " You don't have to like her all of the time, or agree with her, but you will believe in her... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 4/6/2011

    " Written by a man from a woman' point of view. Very well, I thought. Liked his phrasing, descriptions, and tone. Felt I was there. Could understand how someone would wait so long and sacrifice so much to be with the one they loved. . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 2/11/2011

    " Not only a good wife, but a good mother - a good daughter - a good person. A depressing story, but I had to keep with it. And there was a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hasan | 1/5/2011

    " Patty Dickerson is woken by a phone call in the night telling her that her husband has been arrested for murder committed while robbing a house. The story follows Patty's life while Tommy is in prison. She is a good wife I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shar | 12/18/2010

    " Unique insight into the life of a prisoner's family. Flat ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 11/6/2010

    " O'Nan portrays the marriage of a wife on the "outside" and a husband who is incarcerated for murder. Great dialogue and character development. Love reading this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 9/7/2010

    " The Good Wife is such a powerful book. Set in upstate NY, it tells the story, over many years, of a wife who has to deal with the incarceration of her husband, and the pain, anguish, embarrassment and hassle she deals with on a daily basis. Read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/2/2010

    " Just boring-- I mean nothing happens, the whole time, for 25 years, and I kept reading hoping there would be an event, but it was just predictable. So why did I give it 3 stars? Because it was fine, just not a "wow." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 7/14/2010

    " I'd probably give this book 3 1/2 stars if I could. Makes you think about a largely forgotten population--people in prison and the family members that love them. Not one of my favorite books, but a good one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 7/12/2010

    " I felt like I was intruding on the main character's life but could not stop reading. The straight forward style was so poignant that I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharonm | 6/6/2010

    " About a woman who gets a call saying her husband has been arrested and the decades after while she waits for him. This book provides a simple sort of accretion of details that help make this waiting plausible. Book on CD. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 4/17/2010

    " The tragic lives of the ones who wait for loved ones to be relaesed from prizon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 4/13/2010

    " This is not a page-turner. A slow moving story about unconditional love. "

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About the Author
Author Stewart O’Nan

Stewart O’Nan is the author of more than a dozen novels, including West of Sunset; The Odds; Emily, Alone; and Snow Angels, as well as several works of nonfiction, including, with Stephen King, the New York Times bestselling Faithful. His novel Last Night at the Lobster was a national bestseller and a finalist for the 2007 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He was born and raised and lives with his family in Pittsburgh.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.