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Posted October 31, 2014
Solid 3.5 stars
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This was the first book that I read by Meg Wolitzer and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is chick-lit on the next level. It is a fast, easy read, but not in that whimsical format that typical chick-lit is written in. Very solid story with very solid writing, with a nice little twist at the end (although I had figured it out pretty early on). I will definitely be adding more of Wolitzer's books to my reading list and I would highly recommend this book.
Posted August 27, 2006
Once you see the 'Twist', it's not as exciting
I agree with the comparisons to Philip Roth, but her characters don't develop as much as I would have liked. I figured out the ending about 1/2 of the way through and kept hoping it would turn out to be something different - something not as predictable. Maybe I am too young (born in 1973), but I don't see Joan as a particularly strong woman for doing what she did, or for putting up with all that she did. The cattiness of the women who sought out Joe were right on, and I did enjoy the narrative flow. The intertwining of flashbacks were seamless.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2005
I found that the actions of the main character ('the wife') are not so black and white. If the author's intent was to gain my sympathy for this character and take pity on her life's outcome, it backfired. Instead, I felt the book raised a lot of questions on how much power and control the wife actually had and executed to control the course of her marriage. It's sure to ignite some interesting discussions in book groups, especially if there is a mix of single and married people.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.