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The Good Wife

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005


    Awaiting the birth of a first child ought to be a period of happy anticipation shared by husband and wife. And then, the actual birth should be a celebration with the new parents buoyed by the good wishes of family and friends. None of this proved true for Patty Dickerson, although she deserved it for she was not only a good wife but a good woman. However, as we're often reminded, bad things do happen to good people. Stewart O'Nan has a gift for straight forward storytelling (The Night Country, Snow Angels). He doesn't need window dressing to create a novel that soon has the reader/listener totally involved with characters that remain with us long after the tale ends. 'The Good Wife' is a prime example of the power of O'Nan's pen. Patty is awakened in the dark of night with a phone call from her husband, Tommy. What he describes as some trouble is much more than that.- he's been involved in a series of robberies and now he has been arrested for murder. What follows is the suspense of a trial and then his incarceration. There are, of course, visits to jail, but Patty is basically left to her own resources to earn a living and raise their son, Casey. This is not a happy story, simply an authentic one extremely well told. Voice performer Laural Merlington does full justice to Patty who is both protagonist and narrator. At times stricken, at other times brave, always enduring, Merlington carries listeners through over a quarter of a century in Patty's life. - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2005

    Always looking for a book like this

    My favorite kind of book is one that makes me feel what the characters are feeling, and this one does that and more. I finished it a few days ago and continue to think about what life must be like for the family of a person in prison.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Kept me busy

    It was ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2006

    Impressive love story

    Reading the description of this book, you may not consider it a love story. However, it certainly is in that you come to learn the dedication that the main character, Patty, has to her imprisoned husband Tommy. It is hard to believe all that she endured for all of those years, and it is moving to read about it. The author's style enables you to really feel you have been to where the story takes place (upstate NY) and have met the characters. You feel you really know Patty and both the tension and love that exists in her different relationships with family members. I think this would be a great read for a book club as I think there's lots that could be discussed. You may think the story starts off somewhat slowly but give it a chance, I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would! I am sad it's over and miss Patty and Casey and Tommy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2005

    So true to life

    This novel takes place in the town I grew up in. The descriptions ring absolutely true-the weather, the countryside and especially the people and their blue- collar lives of quiet desperation. Quietly heartbreaking.

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