The Wife - Meg Wolitzer

The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer

  • Release Date: 2007-11-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 460 Ratings

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Now a major motion picture starring Glenn Close in her Golden Globe–winning role!

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.


  • Loved the writing

    By new yorker 2019
    I loved the author’s writing style and wit. The wife is very identifiable. Good story. I will see the movie soon too.
  • Oh well

    By 4488662
    I kept waiting for the primal scream but each character as a portrayal in cowardice. A very depressing book about a world insulated from reality. Half way through I forced myself to finish. The ending was the epitome of the characters...weak and cowardly.
  • The wife

    By Auntcece
    Started out interesting..then? I just made myself finish it.. I hated the ending.. it was just blah.
  • The Wife

    By Doodlem81
    Great book! I did not want to put down!
  • Just a plot

    By Papillion727
    My perception is that Wolitzer had an idea for a plot with a surprise ending, dropping hints along the way. It wasn't difficult to follow the clues. The character development was so weak I found it difficult to know any of them.
  • The Wife

    By Cranscar
    Smartly written, difficult to put down, this book has made me want to read all of Meg Wolitzer's work.
  • Very satisfying

    By Lwilkner
    Superb writing and a compelling story. This is well worth your time to read.