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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,984 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Melanie Gideon Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Alice has been married to her husband, William, for twenty years.  Though she remembers the first time they met like it was yesterday, these days she finds herself posting things on Facebook that she used to confide to him. So when she’s invited to participate in an anonymous online survey on marriage and love, she finds that all her longings come pouring out as she dutifully answers questions under the name “Wife 22.”

Evaluating her responses is “Researcher 101,” who seems to listen to her in a way that William hasn’t in a very long time, and before she knows it, she finds herself trying hard not to flirt with him online. Meanwhile, her elderly father is chatting on Facebook while her fifteen-year-old daughter is tweeting, and everything in her life is turning upside down.

Wife 22 is a hilariously funny, profoundly moving, and deeply perceptive novel about the ways we live and love in this technological age, from a dazzling new voice in fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This modern-day, mixed-media comedy of manners is as up-to-the-minute as your favorite Twitter feed…Wife 22 channels the playful but incisive vibe of Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail…Gideon is especially adept at puncturing contemporary vanities…In the crowded pool of novels about midlife crises, Wife 22 has the buoyancy of water wings.”

    Washington Post

  • “An LOL Instagram about love in a wired world.”


  • “A skillful blend of pop culture references, acidic humor, and emotional moments. It will take its rightful place…alongside Helen Fielding’s Briget Jones’s Diary, Anna Maxted’s Getting Over It, and Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pinky | 2/19/2014

    " Fun premise: somewhat bored wife obsessed with the internet and facebook signs up for an anonymous marriage study. Her husband is possibly going through a midlife crisis, her son is possibly gay and her daughter is possibly suffering from an eating disorder. Wife 22 is possibly one of the most self absorbed characters I've read in a while, but to be fair, the marriage study is all about her. The study is actually pretty great. But all is not as it seems. Got tedious toward the end. Absolutely NOT Bridget Jones for us 40 somethings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bethany | 2/17/2014

    " Surprising. Midway through I thought it was not the best written book. I was frustrated that the "questions" weren't listed with her "answers" until I found out there was an appendix. The ending took the bad taste out of my mouth. But about half of the way through I had "figured" it out. So it was predictable. But at least I finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/9/2014

    " It was ok. It was laid out differently and there is lots of going back and forth from present to past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Caterina | 2/8/2014

    " I'm not a fan of chick-lit -- and this book is the optimity of chick-lit. This book was also brilliantly honest, wickedly funny, and you cannot help but nod your head knowingly to every single character's banter. Alice is almost 45 -- the age that her mom passed -- and she's having more of a what-happens-if-I-survive crisis rather than one of the midlife sort. She agrees to take an online survey about her marriage: is it destined for happliy ever after, or perhpas not so much? There are family and friends, and facebook and emails that make this a fast read, because, who has time to read anymore? I read this book within a few hours spread over two days and giggled through the honesty we middle-aged women know too well. While the ending was predictable (there's a clue early on in the book that I caught... I hope no one else does!)... I love Alice -- Alice is Amazing! If you're looking for a story about yourself or someone you know... this is it! Read it!! "

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