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2.99700598802395 out of 52.99700598802395 out of 52.99700598802395 out of 52.99700598802395 out of 52.99700598802395 out of 5 3.00 (668 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iris Krasnow Narrator: Bernadette Dunn Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A bestselling, groundbreaking author investigates wives who thrive, sharing their uncensored strategies for staying married.

America’s high divorce rate is well known, but little attention has been paid to the flip side: couples who creatively (sometimes clandestinely) manage to build marriages that last longer than we ever thought possible. What’s the secret? To find out, bestselling journalist Iris Krasnow interviewed more than two hundred wives whose marriages have survived for fifteen to seventy years. They are a diverse cast, yet they share one common and significant trait: they have made bold, sometimes secretive and shocking, choices on how to keep their marital vows, “till death do us part,” as Krasnow says, “without killing someone first.”

In raw, candid, titillating stories, Krasnow’s cast of wise women give voice to the truth about marriage and the importance of maintaining a strong sense of self apart from the relationship. Some spend summers apart. Some make time for wine with the girls. One septuagenarian has a recurring date with an old flame from high school. In every case, the marriage operates on many tracks, giving both spouses license to pursue the question, who am I apart from my marriage? Krasnow’s goal is to give women permission to create their own marriages at any age. Marital bliss is possible, she says, if each partner is blissful apart from the other.

A fascinating window on the many faces of modern relationships, The Secret Lives of Wives brims with inspiring and daring examples of women who have it both ways: a committed marriage and personal adventures in uncharted territory. For anyone who wants to stay married and stay sane, this is the book to read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wife of twenty-three years and mother of four grown sons, Krasnow advises wives that if they care about their families they ‘should find a way to make their marriage work’…A spirited, frequently perceptive work that aims to fix marriages by empowering wives.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Sounding mature and comfortable with who she is, Bernadette Dunne narrates this enlightening collection of interviews. Her voice is worldly but not condescending, and her empathetic interpretations of poignant quotes are well nuanced.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carol | 2/5/2014

    " Entertaining light reading. The author has interviewed many women who have been married a long time. Emphasizes the values of commitment and each person having their own interests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather P | 1/29/2014

    " I truly think that every woman should read this book. If you are in the early years of your marriage, married for 15 years or more! This book is packed full, of interviews, thoughts, feelings, information that you thought you didn't really need to know, and information and perspectives of women, that you NEED to know. Things in this book made me laugh, smile, and want more. I truly loved listening to this audio book. I loved the narrator of this book. She truly brought the book alive. This author is also fantastic. I read one of her earlier books, "Surrendering to Marriage" when I first got married. She is a great author. At age 68 when she wrote this book she truly touched my heart, made me think more and more about my life, not just in marriage but in the heart of myself, about my parents, about my husbands parents. It truly hit home and shed new light on old topics and brought light to new things that I will learn about and experience later in life as I age. This book is amazing and I would read it again! Happy Reading, Heather Papini "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lydia | 1/20/2014

    " Disappointed in that I expected the author to be a bit more open minded in terms of what makes a marriage work. She passes judgment ever so cautiously, but she does her fair share of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Dione | 12/1/2013

    " This could be good if you can relate to these affluent women. I enjoyed the stories but I expected to find someone more like myself. I thought her points were good, but the advice is something I cannot take- traveling separately- boy I wish! Just not in the cards for my life- but interesting to read about others. "

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About the Author
Author Iris Krasnow

Iris Krasnow is the author of the New York Times bestseller Surrendering to Marriage, as well as Surrendering to Motherhood, Surrendering to Yourself, and I Am My Mother’s Daughter. She has appeared on numerous national shows, ranging from Oprah and Good Morning America to All Things Considered. She lives in Maryland with her husband and four sons.