June 2013 Debut of the Month.
A witty and wise story about a woman amidst a midlife crisis who agrees to anonymously participate in a survey about marital happiness, only to experience a reawakening through the power of confession. Satirising our obsession with the internet the tale unfolds via Facebook statuses, Google searches, questionnaires and first person narrative. A deliciously revealing expose about all the juicy stuff that matters: parenting, sex, ageing, happiness, security and the ongoing tug of war between love and marriage.
Falling in love is the easy part. Staying in love is so much harder...A successful marriage is like growing a temperamental plant - you have to work hard and tend to it carefully, as Alice Buckle is just discovering. Despite her husband, two children and straight-talking best friend, Alice suddenly feels lost. Is it just that she's turning the age her mother was when she lost her? Or is it that she and her husband seem to have run out of things to say to each other? Help comes in an unexpected form. When Alice starts unburdening herself to a complete stranger online, she starts to see things in a new light. Freed by the anonymity - she is known only as Wife 22 - she suddenly remembers all the reasons she fell in love with her husband in the first place. But in the course of baring all, is Alice risking losing everything she once held so dear?
'I loved it, loved it, loved it. It's so funny and true and sad and real and clever and of-the-moment. Also so hopeful and wise and ultimately heartwarming.'
'Witty ... profound. Hugely enjoyable with a controversial ending.'
'A wonderfully clever, sad and funny read.'
'Pacey writing ... raw humour'
'Wife 22 depicts the ridiculous ease with which we reveal our innermost thoughts to complete strangers but not those we know and love'
'With a quirky narrative that mixes Facebook statues, questionnaires, Google searches and chatty prose, this is a funny and poignant story that explores how confession can sometimes be the ultimate aphrodisiac'
'Did I really try and pass off Ikea meatballs as my own? Did I really admit to our friends that we have sex only once a month? Just minor questions for Alice Buckle as her life scrambles'
'In the crowded pool of novels about midlife crises, Wife 22 has the buoyancy of water wings' Washington Post
Publication date: 23/05/2013
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 21/06/2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||23rd May 2013|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
Melanie Gideon is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir The Slippery Year, which received huge critical acclaim. She has written for The Times, the Daily Mail, More and Marie Claire. She was born and raised in Rhode Island. She now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son.More About Melanie Gideon