Melanie Gideon won widespread praise for her humorous and all-too-true ruminations on love, marriage, and everyday family life in her memoir The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, named “Best Book of the Year” by NPR and the San Francisco Chronicle. Now, in her debut novel, Wife 22 (Ballantine, $26) Gideon channels her gift of delving deep into the middle-aged woman’s psyche and compels you take a good, hard, not-always-pleasant look at yourself – regardless of your age. Optioned for film and with rights sold in more than 19 countries to date, Wife 22 is, no doubt, the buzz book of the summe
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Before the study, her 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. She 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, she is also Wife 22. And somehow, her anonymous correspondence with Researcher 101 has taken an unexpectedly personal turn. Soon, she'll have to make a decision—one that will affect her family, her marriage, her whole life. But at the moment, she's too busy answering questions.
Melanie Gideon is the bestselling author of The Slippery Year: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, which was named an NPR and San Francisco Chronicle best book of the year. She is also the author of two young adult novels, both New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, More, Shape, The Times, the Daily Mail, and Marie Claire. She currently lives in the Bay Area.
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Bestselling author of The Slippery Year, Melanie Gideon will be at Warwick's on Saturday, June 2nd at 7:30pm to discuss and sign her book Wife 22.
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.
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