Meg Wolitzer

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Narrated By: Dawn Harvey

Duration: 8 hours and 9 minutes

What to expect

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Wife by Meg Wolitzer, read by Dawn Harvey.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE coming in September 2018 starring GLENN CLOSE

A husband. A wife. A secret. Behind any great man, there’s always a greater woman.

Joe and Joan Castleman are on an aeroplane, 35,000 feet above the ocean. Joe is thinking about the prestigious literary prize he is about to receive and Joan is plotting how to leave him. For too long Joan has played the role of supportive wife, turning a blind eye to his misdemeanours, subjugating her own talents and quietly being the keystone of his success.

The Wife is an acerbic and astonishing take on a marriage from its public face to the private world behind closed doors. Wolitzer has masterfully created an expose of lives lived in partnership and the truth that behind the compromises, dedication and promise inherent in marriage there so often lies a secret...


Contemporary lifestyle fiction, Family life fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction

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Hilarious and touching

The Times

With a great lightness of touch, Wolitzer's novel satirises American literary circles of the Seventies and Eighties and traces the generation of wives who poured their own creative energies into "stoking the fires" of their husbands' reputations


Meg Wolitzer is so funny and clever she should be bottled and sold as tonic

Allison Pearson

It’s funny, and it’s brilliant, and I press it on everyone I know

BBC Radio 4, A Good Read

A triumph of tone and observation, The Wife is a blithe, brilliant take on sexual politics