By Meg Wolitzer
"The second i made a decision to depart him, the instant i presumed, sufficient, we have been thirty-five thousand ft above the sea, hurtling ahead yet giving the appearance of stillness and calmness. Just like our marriage." So opens Meg Wolitzer's compelling and provocative novel The Wife, as Joan Castleman sits beside her husband on their flight to Helsinki. Joan's husband, Joseph Castleman, is "one of these males who personal the world...who has no notion find out how to look after himself or an individual else, and who derives a lot of his variety from the Dylan Thomas guide of private Hygiene and Etiquette." he's additionally one in all America's preeminent novelists, approximately to obtain a prestigious overseas award to honor his accomplishments, and Joan, who has spent 40 years subjugating her personal literary abilities to fire up his occupation, has ultimately made up our minds to stop.
From this gripping beginning, Wolitzer flashes again fifty years to Fifties Smith collage and Greenwich Village -- the start of the Castleman courting -- and follows the process the recognized marriage that has introduced them to this verge of collapse, culminating in a surprising finishing that outs a delicately saved mystery.
Wolitzer's most crucial and impressive publication to this point, The Wife is a smart, sharp-eyed, compulsively readable tale a few lady compelled to confront the sacrifices she's made with a purpose to in achieving the existence she suggestion she sought after. yet it's additionally an strangely candid examine the alternatives all women and men make for themselves, in marriage, paintings, and existence. together with her skillful storytelling and pitch-perfect observations, Wolitzer invitations interesting questions about the character of partnership and the precarious place of an formidable lady in a man's global.