Meg Wolitzer’s “The Wife” Comes to the Screen

Earlier this Spring, the B&N Book Club launched with its first selection, Meg Wolitzer’s new novel The Female Persuasion. In our podcast conversation about her latest book, Wolitzer also talked with Miwa Messer about one of her most beloved novels, The Wife. It’s a darkly funny, acerbic look at a marital partnership that harbors an artistic secret — a story of creative genius that doesn’t unfold as expected — a novel that burns up in readers’ hands like a living flame.

On August 17, The Wife makes the leap to the big screen, with Glenn Close starring as the unforgettable Joan Castleman and Jonathan Pryce as her husband, the world-famous novelist Joe Castleman. In this exclusive clip from Sony Pictures Classics, Joe is getting some big news.

More about The Wife from Sony Pictures Classics here.

Listen here to our podcast interview with Meg Wolitzer, in which (among other things) the novelist talks about the writing of The Wife:


Now a major motion picture from Sony Classics starring Glenn Close.

One of bestselling author Meg Wolitzer’s most beloved books—an “acerbically funny” (Entertainment Weekly) and “intelligent…portrait of deception” (The New York Times).

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 literary talents to fan the flames of his career, finally decides to stop.

Important and ambitious, The Wife is a sharp-eyed and compulsively readable story about a woman forced to confront the sacrifices she’s made in order to achieve the life she thought she wanted. “A rollicking, perfectly pitched triumph…Wolitzer’s talent for comedy of manners reaches a heady high” (Los Angeles Times), in this wise and candid look at the choices all men and women make—in marriage, work, and life.

 

Featuring a reader’s guide and an exclusive personal essay from Meg Wolitzer on how age and generational differences influence our relationships, power, ambition, and our ideas about identity and womanhood.

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Interestings, an electric, multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be.

To be admired by someone we admire – we all yearn for this: the private, electrifying pleasure of being singled out by someone of esteem. But sometimes it can also mean entry to a new kind of life, a bigger world.

Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at sixty-three, has been a central pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer- madly in love with her boyfriend, Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place- feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds toward and away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and the future she’d always imagined.

Charming and wise, knowing and witty, Meg Wolitzer delivers a novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.

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Image of Glenn Close in The Wife courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.