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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: May 2012 ISBN: 9780307990563
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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.”

    People

  • “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 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 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 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 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!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simone Shurland | 2/2/2014

    " Love it. A light read but a quirky twisted ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/1/2014

    " It didn't take me too long to figure out what was going on. I'm not sure if the author meant for the reader to figure it out before her characters or not, I like to think she did. Either way, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. Gideon is a talented and engaging story-teller. I look forward to seeing what they do with this for a movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/24/2014

    " It was OK.... It wasn't a book that I could not put down....but, I did finish it and was an average read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachna | 1/17/2014

    " I gave this book five stars because it's a feel-good romance. Initially, the book begins with background on the growing distance between wife 22 and her husband. She's named wife 22, because she begins a marital survey to help define her conflicted feelings. The novel reinforces the idea that the grass isn't greener on the other side; take your relationship and work with it. I gave the book four stars because the ending really shocked me, and that's rare in romance books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 1/16/2014

    " This book definitely falls under my "guilty pleasure" list. It was a fun, quick read. Not the caliber of some of my more recent reads, but I liked the ever-current social networking involvement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/1/2014

    " A very creative writing style! I loved the unique way this book was written, using Facebook statuses, Google searches, etc. along with the writing. It was a good read - I recommend it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joy (Thoughts of Joy) | 12/30/2013

    " You can read my thoughts here. (1.5/5) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Layla | 12/23/2013

    " Very light and enjoyable reading about marriage, monogamy, and aging. The comparisons to Bridget Jones's Diary aren't far off. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dolly | 12/18/2013

    " The protagonist in this story is a lazy 40-something old woman who can find nothing to do with her life other than surf the internet and exchange emails! It goes on and on with ridiculous details about "Ho-girl" and all this other silly stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi Clyde-Rozos | 12/10/2013

    " I LOVE THIS BOOK! I have not identified with a character like this EVER! She is my age exactly dealing with VERY similar issues. It was so comforting to sit and read this book made me feel less CRAZY! I love that every one of these people seemed real and not so contrived. LOVE LOVE LOVE "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryellen | 12/5/2013

    " Wasn't a fan of the book format. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deanna | 10/29/2013

    " Wonderfully romantic read...may we all find our "William" IRL! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 10/24/2013

    " Bridget Jones for you mid life. Loved it, this would make an awesome film! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dana | 10/24/2013

    " The perfect well-written summer chick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marissa | 7/25/2013

    " Good book...makes you realize that sometimes we all get stuck in the rut of everyday life. I read this book in just a few days...it was like reading a good letter from a friend. The first half of the book is better than the last half but still worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Wieland | 6/30/2013

    " This book had its ups and downs but I loved the ending. Really punchy and fast paced. Good fun easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/27/2013

    " I did not care for this book. The main character was not likeable. I figured out the "twist" of an ending after reading only a few chapters. While there were parts of the book that were amusing and some nice chapters dealing with the other members of the family, overall it was a slow read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie Gilligan | 5/9/2013

    " Ridiculous chick lit. But, kind of entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 3/23/2013

    " Chick-lit + Narnia references + plot furthered through Facebook status updates = I liked it! Okay, it doesn't hold up so well (believability-wise) on further reflection, and, yes, the secondary characters were pretty hard to tell apart, but it was a fun read while it lasted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivonne | 1/9/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. Listened to the audio version. Those of you looking for a funny read, should check this out. It reminded me of a middle age Bridget Jones Diary. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 12/15/2012

    " I really really enjoyed this quick-read chick lit book. Fun and witty, entertaining and sweet. Thanks, Laura, for the recommendation! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marti | 11/10/2012

    " incisive dissection of a stale marriage. could have pushed the envelope just a little bit more and this would have been a truly great novel. Gideon is on my authors to watch list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tina | 10/9/2012

    " Meh. But I had to get through it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/23/2012

    " Fast, lite read. Enjoyed the story, although I did figure out the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/1/2012

    " Closer to. 4 star than 3 star. Liked the twist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookworm | 6/4/2012

    " Basically the pina colada song in a book. what a clever idea! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie C | 5/26/2012

    " I like Melanie's character development, and appreciated the way she moved through the book with different styles of giving us the story (narrative to fb blogs, to emails, etc). Overall, I thought this was a fun book. I figured who researcher was a little over half-way through...had to be! "

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About the Author
Melanie Gideon is the bestselling author of The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, which was named an NPR and San Francisco Chronicle best book of the year. She is also the author of two young adult novels: Pucker  and The Map That Breathed, both New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, More, Shape, The Times, the Daily Mail, and Marie Claire. She was born and raised in Rhode Island. She now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son.
About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.