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2.39 out of 52.39 out of 52.39 out of 52.39 out of 52.39 out of 5 2.39 (46 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alex Witchel Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN: 9781423342953
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Ponce Morris is a beautiful, rich widow who’s been dubbed “the spare wife” because she’s the perfect companion to the wealthy, powerful couples she socializes with. She’ll go to sports events with the husbands and throw elegant dinner parties and shop with the wives. She’s cool and nonthreatening because the two things everyone knows for sure are that Ponce doesn’t like sex and doesn’t have a romantic bone in her body. Over the years, she has managed other people’s lives—and her own—perfectly. Ponce has everything under control, exactly the way she likes it.

Until…Babette Steele, an ambitious aspiring journalist, finds out that Ponce is having an affair with a socially prominent and very married man and decides to break the scandal in a juicy magazine piece. For Ponce’s circle, day-to-day existence quickly becomes a complicated game of social and professional chicken—whoever outsmarts and outmanipulates the other will win.

And there is a lot at stake, not only for Ponce but for her friends, all of whom are in the midst of crises of their own: a philandering novelist who hasn’t been able to write since his breakout Wall Street bestseller, an aging billionaire who can’t seem to resist young women (the younger the better), a legendary news show producer on the decline, an old-time politico looking to rebound from his wife’s death, and an editor at a glitzy magazine that covers the worlds of politics, fashion, and Hollywood. As Ponce’s life threatens to come apart at the seams, the author takes us into a world she knows intimately: a dynamic Manhattan filled with opinion makers and social fakers.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meghann | 2/17/2014

    " An entertaining read, not really that deep. It was like reading Sex and the City but full of married couples. Scandalous!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Christoffersen | 2/15/2014

    " Dumb book. I wouldn't waste my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 2/14/2014

    " My fluffy adult book for July 4th! May have been slightly too fluffy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean Barrington | 2/13/2014

    " This is a "chick" book. It's not so very realistic for most of us and not the best escape book I've read, but it was amusing and kept me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Cruz | 2/3/2014

    " I felt there was a disconnect of the characters' relationships to one another. As if the author had some things in mind about how they all related to one another but didn't share that with the reader. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donette | 1/30/2014

    " This book is extracted strait from the uppity yuppities (my word invention). It was hard to relate for me and impossible to keep all of the names strait especially when they are Vanderbuilt and snooty MacSnootyvillefordwhite, whatever. Anyway I cared so little, I almost passed out "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 1/23/2014

    " I really like the character development and I enjoy the look into their wealthy, twisted world. It kind of reminds me of "Elements of Style" by Wendy Wasserstein and it's fun to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/20/2014

    " I grabbed this book at our Annual Book Sale, and the only reason why I read it was because it was small enough to fit in my purse for my airport jaunts. Basically, this book is mindless and pointless. In the fashion of Plum Skyes or Bergdorf Blondes (both terrible) this book is about New York socialites and their meaningless circles and deceptions. The book begins with a dinner party which sets up the plethora of characters. One thing I couldn't stand about this book was that the first chapter's voice was only around for one chapter. The main character is a woman named Ponce (yes, she was named after Ponce de Leon. This is totally tragic yet interesting) who is a Southern beauty who married up like Anna Nicole Smith and found her place among many "important" people. She's a widow and is called "The Spare Wife" since she is able to be friends with both people in a couple. She can direct any wait staff at a dinner party yet talk politics and sports with any man in the room. Everybody trusts her with their man. Well, this is where the book makes no sense whatsoever. A blonde beauty who seems to have it all with no man in her life is just a ridiculous plot point. That's like imagining Cindy Crawford as Mother Theresa. It just doesn't make sense. The book has too many characters, and it is hard to keep everyone straight. Also, Ponce isn't so good after all since she is carrying on with an affair with a well-known fertility doctor that has miraculously impregnated every dried up woman in New York. Overall, I'd say skip this one. I am glad I had the book while I was playing airport standby roulette, but it is just pointless. Jen's Rating: * "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/18/2014

    " Enjoyable. I love a good "high society ladies in NYC behaving badly" book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lea | 1/18/2014

    " Entertaining look into Manhattan society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/13/2014

    " Chick lit for the 30 and 40-something set. If you love glamorous Manhattan backdrops, this is for you. Not totally memorable but entertaining while you're reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/12/2014

    " Should go under the heading of high end trash--a fun, unmemorable, guilty pleasure of a read that you can devour in one sitting at the beach or, as in my case, on jury duty, and then will probably forget as soon as you put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/3/2014

    " didn't love the writing style, but enjoyed the story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dougtammy | 12/11/2013

    " A soap opera book which I could not keep track of who was who at the beginning. They all end up sleeping with each other, or so it seems at some point. And if a book is going to be that way I want the steamy sections to be steamy. They were not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 11/26/2013

    " It's hard to really fall in love with any characters in this book. While you want to find out what happens next the book doesn't allow you to connect to any of the main charters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anita | 11/15/2013

    " A disappointing book. The best that can be said is it is an easy read. Fine for a day at the beach or trip to the spa. The storyline and characters lack authenticity and do not connect with the reader. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/15/2013

    " One word. Froth. It was fun, it was well-written, but it was froth. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 11/10/2013

    " I listened to this on audiobook. It got two stars because the narrator was very good. The story itself was complete fluff and I was never really invested in any of the characters. Very predictable in many ways. This work would not inspire me to read anything else by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha Strader | 11/8/2013

    " The back of this book is actually a pretty good summary (for once) without giving away any crucial surprises. I enjoyed the complexity of the characters and the amusement of their solutions (although I found them rather unlikely). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joelle | 11/7/2013

    " While kept my interest, was not "high" literary material. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 8/31/2013

    " Manhattan society tale involving former model turned lawyer, New Yorker type writers, and wealthy older men. Not as good as I would expect from a New York Times magazine journalist--bland, predictable characters and plot but still an amusing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erica | 4/11/2013

    " I am not sure why I even kept reading until then end. Not a great book and I didn't really care what happened. Too many undeveloped characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine | 1/12/2013

    " Trash, but not very good trash. But I did finish it. Had trouble keeping track of everyone and caring about anyone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda C | 10/4/2012

    " didn't care for this book - the description looked good, but it is actually one of the few books that I didn't even finish reading! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 9/3/2012

    " A little confusing... to many characters. I couldn't finish it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 8/22/2012

    " A fun read about life in high-society New York. I finished it a day - yes, I was very tired the next day b/c I stayed up until 1am to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/4/2012

    " Like the Post's Page Six Witchel derides -- full of marginal writing describing obscenely rich people you really don't care about... and yet, you keep reading it. Great for the beach -- but when you get home, you'll feel guilty that you finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tajma | 5/6/2012

    " It's been a few years since I read this book. Although I don't remember not liking it, if you put a gun to my head right now I couldn't remember one single detail about it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 12/28/2011

    " A so-so book, Not for everyone-New York snob society and effort of a wanabe to expose The spare Wife "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Ahronian | 10/8/2011

    " Another book about people with tons of money and too much time on their hands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Carole | 8/11/2011

    " Light read; good for travel or the beach. Read the whole book in about 2 days. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/4/2011

    " Though lots of characters to remember, I liked the overall story. It did not end the way that I would have wanted, but some books just don't and I deal with it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Quiana Vidal | 4/18/2011

    " An ok book. It kind of rambled on a bit and characters were ok, but I usually like NYC society books with younger characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Quiana | 12/2/2010

    " An ok book. It kind of rambled on a bit and characters were ok, but I usually like NYC society books with younger characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liza | 7/17/2010

    " Breezy, no-brainer, fun chick-lit. Perfect for the beach or an airplane. Exactly what I was looking for this week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sasha | 6/14/2010

    " The back of this book is actually a pretty good summary (for once) without giving away any crucial surprises. I enjoyed the complexity of the characters and the amusement of their solutions (although I found them rather unlikely). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leighanne | 5/5/2010

    " Light, chick lit. But I found myself wanting to read it in one sitting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 4/19/2010

    " I listened to this on audiobook. It got two stars because the narrator was very good. The story itself was complete fluff and I was never really invested in any of the characters. Very predictable in many ways. This work would not inspire me to read anything else by this author. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 4/7/2010

    " A little confusing... to many characters. I couldn't finish it... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alice | 2/7/2010

    " Another story about bored socialites in New York. None of the characters are that appealing, but at least they are not twits, as is so often the case in chick-lit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jean | 2/7/2010

    " This is a "chick" book. It's not so very realistic for most of us and not the best escape book I've read, but it was amusing and kept me interested. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 9/23/2009

    " didn't love the writing style, but enjoyed the story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tajma | 9/21/2009

    " It's been a few years since I read this book. Although I don't remember not liking it, if you put a gun to my head right now I couldn't remember one single detail about it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 8/17/2009

    " didn't care for this book - the description looked good, but it is actually one of the few books that I didn't even finish reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 7/7/2009

    " My fluffy adult book for July 4th! May have been slightly too fluffy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 7/7/2009

    " It's hard to really fall in love with any characters in this book. While you want to find out what happens next the book doesn't allow you to connect to any of the main charters. "

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About the Author
Author Alex WitchelAlex Witchel is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and originated the “Feed Me” column for the Times Dining section. She has contributed to New York, Vogue, Elle, and Ladies’ Home Journal, among other publications. The author of three previous books, she lives in New York.
About the Narrator

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