Posted by: Karen | July 8, 2012

Review: WIFE 22 by Melanie Gideon

I received a lovely hardcover of this book courtesy of Random House, via a giveaway at Linus’ Blanket.

“Congratulations!  We’re happy to inform you that you have been selected to participate in the Netherfield Center Study—Marriage in the 21st Century. You have successfully met three of the initial criteria for inclusion in this study:  married for more than ten years, school-age children, and monogamous.” (p.22)

The main thing I have to say about this novel is that if you fit the criteria above, you must read this book, and you must stick with it the whole way through.  It will undoubtably make you: blush with uncomfortable recognition, sigh with longing for the romance of courtship days, giggle and/or howl with laughter and harrumph at the inevitable foibles of married folk.  And it might give you a chance to appreciate the paricular ups and downs of your own marriage.  (And perhaps take a good hard look at your addictions to the online portals of your choice.)

‘Nuff said.  I cannot recommend this highly enough!

p.s.  At the end I read Ms. Gideon’s bio and realized that she had written The Slippery Year, a memoir I’d been curious about.  I will definitely be checking that out as well as her YA novels.


  1. I won this in a giveaway too and I’m anxious to read it since I fit two of the three categories.

    • i think you’ll appreciate it even if your kids are no longer in school!

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