Wife 22

Wife 22

A Novel

Book - 2012 | First edition.
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For fans of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary and Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It comes an irresistible novel of a woman losing herself . . . and finding herself again . . . in the middle of her life.

Maybe it was those extra five pounds I'd gained. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because after almost twenty years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other.
 
But when the anonymous online study called "Marriage in the 21st Century" showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn't long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22) and a caseworker (Researcher 101).
 
And, just like that, I found myself answering questions.
 
7. Sometimes I tell him he's snoring when he's not snoring so he'll sleep in the guest room and I can have the bed all to myself.
61. Chet Baker on the tape player. He was cutting peppers for the salad. I looked at those hands and thought, I am going to have this man's children.
67. To not want what you don't have. What you can't have. What you shouldn't have.
32. That if we weren't careful, it was possible to forget one another.
 
Before the study, my life was an endless blur of school lunches and doctor's appointments, family dinners, budgets, and trying to discern the fastest-moving line at the grocery store. I was Alice Buckle: spouse of William and mother to Zoe and Peter, drama teacher and Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions.
 
But these days, I'm also Wife 22. And somehow, my anonymous correspondence with Researcher 101 has taken an unexpectedly personal turn. Soon, I'll have to make a decision--one that will affect my family, my marriage, my whole life. But at the moment, I'm too busy answering questions.
 
As it turns out, confession can be a very powerful aphrodisiac.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2012]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780345527950
Branch Call Number: GID
Characteristics: 380 pages ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Wife twenty-two

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Chifox92
Nov 02, 2014

Cute at the beginning, but I got tired of the short two page chapters and the shallowness of the main character. Ended up feeling sorry for her husband and children.

JoyCryan Jun 22, 2014

fun quick read; captures our culture..look forward to a new story by this author.

JennaDLibrarian Mar 16, 2014

A sweet romantic comedy about rediscovering love long after your 'happily ever after'. Think 'You've Got Mail' with a couple that is already married.

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sasha7776
Mar 01, 2014

Refreshing take on a marriage survey. Enjoyed reading.

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gymgurl
Feb 28, 2013

If you like chick lit you will find this funny and clever.

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rahoward
Sep 04, 2012

Predictable, but in a thoroughly enjoyable and charming way! Great "light" read.

mulberrystreet Aug 21, 2012

was predictable, but cute! Agreed that it would be a good book club choice.

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dprodrig
Jul 16, 2012

I enjoyed reading this book, although, I have seen this plot premise in a variety of different formats, where the husband is either hoping to connect or is testing his relationship with his wife. Not everyone will like the format, but the questions are interesting and the format of the book is unique, with each chapter prefaced by the answers of the questions. Coupled with the real life issues that crop up, parent - child relationships, job losses, friendships strained and regained, for me, it was worth the read.

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corona_kitty
Jul 12, 2012

Made me laugh out loud, loved this book!

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judyshan
Apr 17, 2012

Loved this book. Perfect for book clubs because it offers alot of discussion material. It is funny and thought provoking with an ending that will surprise you.

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teacher4
Jun 02, 2014

As a woman approaches the age that her mother passed away, she questions her life as a mother and wife. She agrees to participate in a survey of married woman and further examines her life and marriage.

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