The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

The Wife

Now a major motion picture from Sony Classics starring Glenn Close.The Wife is the story of the long and stormy marriage between a world-famous novelist, Joe Castleman, and his wife Joan, and the secret they’ve kept for decades. The novel opens just as Joe is about to receive a prestigious international award, The Helsinki Prize, to honor his career as one of America’s preeminent novelists. Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own ...

Details The Wife

TitleThe Wife
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
GenreFiction, Literary Fiction, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Novels

Reviews The Wife

  • Aliki Barnstone
    Some reviewers have said they find the wife's motivations unbelievable. They must be younger people, who didn't experience the transformation that feminism brought about for women writers. I'm both glad and concerned that they can take for granted the opportunities that have opened up for women. This book captures exactly the bind women have been in for most of history; in this case Joan Castleman comes of age in the '50s. The book is wonderfully...
  • Mischelle
    This was a great book. The only two drawbacks are that she used some strong profanity in parts and that from the beginning you can figure out the ending. However, the following passage makes up for it (I read it to my husband) "Everyone knows how women soldier on, how women dream up blueprints, recipes, ideas for a better world, and then sometimes lose them on the way to the crib in the middle of the night, on the way to Stop and Shop, or the bat...
  • Hugo
    Ao longo de mais de duzentas páginas, ficamos a conhecer as razões que levam uma mulher, aparentemente feliz, a virar as costas ao seu casamento de várias décadas com um renomado escritor, nas vésperas de ele receber um notável prémio literário na Finlândia. As últimas páginas reservam ao leitor uma reviravolta que não antecipei, uma razão extra ocultada, que justifica muitos dos comportamentos invulgares que alguns dos outros person...
  • Patricia Williams
    This book was good and interesting but to me, not great. I enjoyed the read and had this book on my "want to read list" for a while but when I saw that it was being made into a movie with Glen Close as the star, I moved it up on my list. I think Glen Close will be perfect in this role. This was a story about a husband and wife where the husband was a famous author. The reviews of the book says it had a shocking ending but I had already figure it ...
  • Cher
    3 stars - It was good.What an odd, despondent little book. This was the first book I have read by Wolitzer and I was struck by her unique writing style - very candid and frank, yet at the same time ornate and flowery. Sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but it is the best way I can describe it. Her distinctive writing style is enough to make me want to pick up another book by her. This particular story, however, became slow somewhere on the back 1/2...
  • Nicole Bonia
    “The moment I decided to leave him, the moment I thought enough, we were thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean hurtling forward but giving the illusion of stillness and tranquility.”Joan Castleman is on an airplane accompanying her husband, writer Joseph Castleman, to Helsinki, Finland where he is being honored with the Helsinki Prize in Literature, one step down from the Nobel Prize for Literature, which he knows that he will not get. Ov...
  • Yulia
    I'm sick of the lovelorn and unrequited: give me a woman who can't stand her husband, oddly enough, brought to my attention many years ago by my father, who always knows a a good author when he reads one, despite his congenital misogyny. I'm in love so far, complete love, like a Philip Roth novel if Philip Roth weren't so flawed and frustrating. Bad analogy perhaps but she has the same comfort with describing male0-female interactions, a biting s...
  • Inês
    Podia ter gostado muito deste livro, mas acabou por deixar-me um pouco desiludida. Todas as preocupações feministas que estão por detrás do enredo (e muito interessantes) ficam prejudicadas por uma construção algo deficiente e previsível. Ainda assim, vale a pena ler, sobretudo a primeira metade, por aquilo que tenta trazer à discussão.
  • Célia
    Meg Wolitzer tornou-se conhecida dos leitores portugueses depois da publicação de Os Interessantes (Teorema | 2014), ainda que este não tenha sido o primeiro livro da autora a sair por cá; na verdade, A Mulher, agora publicado igualmente pela Teorema, já tinha conhecido uma edição portuguesa em 2009, pela editora Caleidoscópio. A Mulher é narrado na primeira pessoa por Joan Castleman, uma sexagenária casada com o famoso escritor Joe Cas...
  • Faye*
    Ich habe mir "Die Ehefrau" als eAudio von der Bücherei ausgeliehen, weil mir "The Interestings" von Wolitzer schon sehr gut gefallen hatte. "Die Ehefrau" ist die Geschichte der Ehe von Joe und Joan Castleman, die allmählich zu Ende geht. Das Buch war ganz interessant, aber für mich nicht fesselnd genug - hätte man mich nach der Hälfte gezwungen, das Buch abzubrechen, hätte mich das wahrscheinlich kurz geärgert, mich aber auch nicht groß a...
  • Mindy
    I'm in love with this author's writing. I can't wait to read more of her work. The writing deserves 5 stars. I didn't love where the story went at the end though, so I'm going with 4 stars. Instead of going into the plot, I'm going to leave a quote that says so much about this story."Joe once told me he felt a little sorry for women, who only got husbands. Husbands tried to help by giving answers, being logical, stubbornly applying force as thoug...
  • Holly
    This book is fantastic. I love the unique perspective of the protagonist: an introspective and talented woman who grew up in the 50s who spends her life married to a famous novelist who is really nothing more than a big kid. She makes a decision that historically stymes feminists, but this book gives her perspective in a fresh and convincing new way.She's got fresh, beautiful ways of looking at things that are so perfect and sharp and spot-on tha...
  • Cerealflakes
    I had a hard time deciding how many stars to give this one. I ended up giving the author the benefit of the doubt and went with three instead of two. The main character, Joan, was almost unbearable as her older self. I found her much easier to deal with as her younger self. The beginning of the book was about the older characters and I nicknamed them Joe (which, coincidentally was actually the husband's name) and Wendy after Joe and Wendy Whiner....
  • Elysabeth
    I found this book extraordinarily intersting. As someone who has wrestled with the idea of the sense of self in a marriage, and what it might mean to lose that sense, this book perfectly reflects (though maybe not allays...) my fears. I think that in some ways, the history that unfolds in this book gives the reader a clear sense of Joan Castleman's choices. It also becomes clear what kind of man Joe Castleman is, and how he persuaded his wife to ...
  • Ifeyinwa
    "In her [daughter's] worldview, bad marriages were simply terminated, like unwanted pregnancies. She knew nothing of this subculture of women who stayed, women who couldn't logically explain their allegiances, who held tight because it was the only thing they felt most comfortable doing, the thing they actually liked. She didn't understand the luxury of the familiar, the known: the same hump of back poking up under the cover in bed, the hair tuft...
  • Nancy K
    I always read a handful of reviews before I make my own comments, just to see where others are coming from.I'm seeing a lot of discussion about unlikable characters (I agree) and the author not giving the married partners a chance to demonstrate what made the marriage fail in the way of dialogue and daily interactions (also true).But to those who say that Joan was a spoiled, stay-at-home mother who made the choice to give up her career, I say tha...
  • Caryn
    One of the most accurate portrayals of marriage I've read. And my favorite line: "Everyone needs a wife. Wives need wives." That really resonated with me. So true!
  • Sunny Shore
    I read this 220 page book in one evening and one morning. It's chick lit at the highest level and so well-written. The author sets you up for the twisted ending - that's all I'll say, but you don't really see it coming. I had to give it a 5 - it was that good. The narrator is a little too giving and her husband is a little too much of a macho pig, but it works here and you understand everything at the end. Read it - you won't put it down.
  • Libby Chester
    3.5 stars‘The Wife’ by Meg Wolitzer was very readable; a slow down and think kind of book. Joan Ames is nineteen, an English major at Smith College in 1956, when she meets Joseph Castleman. He’s the Professor of Joan’s Creative Writing class. His wife Carol has just had their baby girl, Fanny. One of Joan’s stories catches the Professor’s attention and he commends Joan for her literary talent. Joan ends up babysitting Fanny while the ...
  • Jonathan Pool
    I read “The Wife” in advance of the 2018 Charleston literary festival where Meg Wolitzer was in conversation with Amanda Craig.Chaired by Nicolette Jones it was a session specifically slanted to encourage discussion about the ongoing relegation of women in a world whose rules are those of men. It was feminism 2018, and with the shadow of Virginia Woolf’s Charleston all around us I suppose that’s as good a place as any to re-affirm the fem...
  • Michael Schrader
    Sensationell gutes Buch über die Ehefrau eines erfolgreichen Schriftstellers, die auf dem Flug zu einer Preisverleihung ihre Ehe Revue passieren lässt und ebenso geistreich wie tiefgründig und unterhaltsam begründet, warum sie ihn verlassen muss.
  • Sarah
    The Wife. Meg Wolitzer. 2003. Scribner. 219 pages. ISBN 0743456661.If you've never read a novel by Meg Wolitzer, you're in for a treat, especially if you've chosen to read The Wife.As the wife of a successful writer, Joan Castleman makes the decision to leave her husband while in the midst of a flight to Helsinki to attend an award ceremony on his behalf. As Wolitzer switches between past and present, thus unfolds the story of the Castleman's rel...
  • megan
    4.5 StarsMeg Wolitzer is a magnificent writer - It's not about her ability to tell a story, but how she tells it. She doesn't cut corners.
  • Dorothyanne Brown
    I had the very great pleasure of meeting Meg Wolitzer at the Iceland Writers Retreat, where she taught an excellent workshop to we starry-eyed writers.So I knew I liked her personally, but that may or may not translate into loving her writing. But It did! I so loved this book that I spent an entire summer Saturday reading it, choking from time to time as she so aptly described being married to “a big man”. I wish my mum-in-law was still alive...
  • Katie
    It's weird, because this book frets over competence vs. brilliance and the scope of the female writer vs. the male writer, and... it's, in my opinion, a competent book by a female writer. Awkward.Not to be flippant. I was really engaged and think Wolitzer is a tremendously thoughtful writer, word to word. It's just that I needed to believe that the Castleman novels that had received such accolades and moved the plot forward so many times actually...
  • Emily Wortman-wunder
    Alas, I was disappointed by The Wife...I liked The Position quite a bit, and I was interested to read a book about suppressed creativity, and the forces that can go about suppressing it...only to find out, of course, that the creativity in question was not suppressed! At all! In fact, it was richly rewarded, if only to the wrong person. Which was a great joke, etc., but didn't really answer the deep-seated question I brought to the book, which wa...
  • Karen C.
    This was a really fun book to read. I'm not impressed with all of the book's reviewers. This book was not "funny" in the gut-wrenching way it came across in the reviews. It has an interesting twist and a heart-warming ending, perhaps an ending that only a married woman could quite understand. Could you over analyze this book to death? Definitely. Do you have to suspend your disbelief? I did. But I highly recommend it; it's hard to put down. A boo...
  • Linda
    Joan and Joe Castleman are visiting Finland for Joe to receive a literature price. Many people would no doubt envy Joan to be married to Joe, the famous author, but it turns out that their marriage is flawed, to say the least, and that Joan has sacrificed much to be with a man who is narcissistic and self-centered.Meg Wolitzer alters between present day and earlier years. The reader learns about how the two of them met and that the power balance ...
  • Patti's Book Nook
    I nabbed this novel from the Pack Memorial Library free cart in Asheville, North Carolina over a recent weekend getaway. I've read Wolitzer's Ten Year Nap, and have The Interestings in queue. There is something profoundly intense about Wolitzer's style. This account of a troubled marriage, filled with infidelity and shortcomings, sheds light on the wife's background role in an uneven relationship with a famous novelist. There are some This remin...