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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meg Wolitzer Narrator: Dawn Harvey Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781504603218
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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 Book Review

  • “Acerbically funny…Wolitzer keeps us guessing right up until the gut-wrenching twist of a finale.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “A rollicking, perfectly pitched triumph…Wolitzer’s talent for comedy of manners reaches a heady high.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “To say that The Wife is Wolitzer’s most ambitious novel to date is an understatement.”

    Washington Post

  • “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

  • “This is Wolitzer’s sixth novel, and she’s as sharp as ever. Her 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

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About the Author
Author Meg Wolitzer

Meg Wolitzer is a fiction writer who, like most writers, is happiest when she’s working. She is the author of ten novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Interestings. She lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Dawn Harvey has been performing for as long as she has been able to walk and talk and sing. She was already a stage and film actress when she began her voice-over career and now is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator.