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Husbands (edition 2022)

by Chandler Baker (Author)

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A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK "Chandler Baker, queen of the feminist thriller, has delivered once again!The Husbands is a poignant exploration of what it would take for women to have it all." --Sally Hepworth, bestselling author ofThe Good Sister To what lengths will a woman go for a little more help from her husband? Nora Spangler is a successful attorney but when it comes to domestic life, she packs the lunches, schedules the doctor appointments, knows where the extra paper towel rolls are, and designs and orders the holiday cards. Her husband works hard, too... but why does it seem like she is always working so much harder? When the Spanglers go house hunting in Dynasty Ranch, an exclusive suburban neighborhood, Nora meets a group of high-powered women--a tech CEO, a neurosurgeon, an award-winning therapist, a bestselling author--with enviably supportive husbands. When she agrees to help with a resident's wrongful death case, she is pulled into the lives of the women there. She finds the air is different in Dynasty Ranch. The women aren't hanging on by a thread. But as the case unravels, Nora uncovers a plot that may explain the secret to having-it-all. One that's worth killing for. Calling to mind aStepford Wives gender-swap,New York Times bestselling author ofWhisper Network Chandler Baker'sThe Husbands imagines a world where the burden of the "second shift" is equally shared--and what it may take to get there. "Utterly engrossing and thoroughly timely,The Husbandsis both a gripping, well-crafted mystery and an insightful critique of motherhood and marriage in the modern age--working mothers everywhere will feel seen in the best possible way." --Kimberly McCreight,New York Timesbestselling author ofA Good Marriage… (more)
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Reminiscent of "The Stepford Wives," although this time it's the husbands who are in an altered state. Wives whose husbands are clueless about helping around the house would probably enjoy (or maybe not!) this book; it was kind of silly but mildly intriguing. ( )
  flourgirl49 | Aug 28, 2022 |
Very bizarre. A 2.5 would be more appropriate. ( )
  SallyElizabethMurphy | Apr 9, 2022 |
Even though it was pretty easy to see where this book was heading, it was still a fun read! What if your husband didn't need to be told what he could do to help? Would it be worth it? While getting close to the end of this book, my husband walked through the room and encouraged me to keep reading and finish the book while he toasted a bagel for me. Yikes, this book made that seem very suspicious to me... ( )
  Dianekeenoy | Mar 9, 2022 |
The Husbands description brings to mind The Stepford Wives except it's the husbands' turns to be turned into mindless drones for their spouses. But the story actually goes much deeper than that and that is what makes the book pretty entertaining! Nora and Hayden have a good marriage but have trouble in that even though they both have high power jobs, Nora is stuck with the majority of the home and child based tasks. They have begun looking to buy a new house and in this new neighborhood, Nora also finds a group of successful women who have very helpful husbands. And so it begins. The story is much more than this, though. It's really good! 4.5 stars! ( )
  relorenz1064 | Nov 21, 2021 |
The Perfect Husbands of Austin

Once, maybe still, there was this idea that women can have it all, all being a rewarding career and a fulfilling family life. Of course, for many reasons, societal and innate, these two things that comprise having it all are always in conflict. Even if a woman and her husband manage to share responsibilities for the family, doing so can be quite challenging. That’s if sharing equally could be accomplished, which, no surprise, study after study shows cannot, or at least hasn’t been. Men, husbands, just do not carry any fair share of the weight in a household. Women, wives do much more, many while pursuing demanding careers. But what if … what if you could convince men, convince or compel men to switch roles with women in the household, thus freeing the women up to excel at their careers, and not torment themselves over managing everything, while not resenting their husbands for doing too little, for seeking praise for the little they do do, and taking for granted what the women do? Enter the perfect husbands of Austin, or at least those living in the upscale development of Dynasty Ranch.

Nora Spangler toils away at her career in a high power law firm, just on the cusp of partnership. On the job, she has to put up with old white boy leadership and a self-centered partner who constantly ropes her into assignments and calls her at will to solve his trivial office machinery problems. At home, she has a little daughter and a husband, Hayden. Hayden has a sales job, which one would imagine would afford him some flexibility, but he’s stingy in helping around the house and seeing after the child, Liv. Bad enough, but he carps constantly about never receiving enough praise for the little he does do. Naturally, Nora internalizes all this, resulting in self-torment. As if this isn’t enough, she’s pregnant with her second, and they are ready for a new, larger home.

In pursuit of the house, they stumble onto Dynasty Ranch, visit, and seemingly enter into another world. In this world, the homes are spacious and beautiful; the husbands are super helpful; the wives are supremely confident and accomplished. All prove big attractions for Nora, the husbands a bit of a turnoff for Hayden, what with their obsequious servitude and banter about the best cleaning products.

Then, Nora receives a call from one of the women of Dynasty Ranch, Cornelia. She wonders if Nora could help one of the women receive compensation for a house fire that not only cost her her home but her husband. Nora remembers the burned out shell from her and Hayden’s visit and she agrees, thinking bringing in her own client might boost her career opportunities and also help with winning over the Dynasty Ranch HOA, a member of which has to sponsor you as a homebuyer. Soon, however, just as there’s more to the fire than a household accident, also there’s more to the manicured community of Dynasty Ranch.

The best parts of The Husbands centers around Nora’s inner turmoil, which most women can identify with, and most men are oblivious to, but shouldn’t be. The weakest are the suspense, of which there is very little, since almost from the get-go readers will figure out the Stepford angle reversed, and the less than riveting method of transforming husbands. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
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A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK "Chandler Baker, queen of the feminist thriller, has delivered once again!The Husbands is a poignant exploration of what it would take for women to have it all." --Sally Hepworth, bestselling author ofThe Good Sister To what lengths will a woman go for a little more help from her husband? Nora Spangler is a successful attorney but when it comes to domestic life, she packs the lunches, schedules the doctor appointments, knows where the extra paper towel rolls are, and designs and orders the holiday cards. Her husband works hard, too... but why does it seem like she is always working so much harder? When the Spanglers go house hunting in Dynasty Ranch, an exclusive suburban neighborhood, Nora meets a group of high-powered women--a tech CEO, a neurosurgeon, an award-winning therapist, a bestselling author--with enviably supportive husbands. When she agrees to help with a resident's wrongful death case, she is pulled into the lives of the women there. She finds the air is different in Dynasty Ranch. The women aren't hanging on by a thread. But as the case unravels, Nora uncovers a plot that may explain the secret to having-it-all. One that's worth killing for. Calling to mind aStepford Wives gender-swap,New York Times bestselling author ofWhisper Network Chandler Baker'sThe Husbands imagines a world where the burden of the "second shift" is equally shared--and what it may take to get there. "Utterly engrossing and thoroughly timely,The Husbandsis both a gripping, well-crafted mystery and an insightful critique of motherhood and marriage in the modern age--working mothers everywhere will feel seen in the best possible way." --Kimberly McCreight,New York Timesbestselling author ofA Good Marriage

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Nora Spangler is a successful attorney but when it comes to domestic life, she packs the lunches, schedules the doctor appointments, knows where the extra paper towel rolls are, and designs and orders the holiday cards. Her husband works hard, too... but why does it seem like she is always working so much harder?

When the Spanglers go house hunting in Dynasty Ranch, an exclusive suburban neighborhood, Nora meets a group of high-powered women--a tech CEO, a neurosurgeon, an award-winning therapist, a bestselling author--with enviably supportive husbands. When she agrees to help with a resident's wrongful death case, she is pulled into the lives of the women there. She finds the air is different in Dynasty Ranch. The women aren't hanging on by a thread.

But as the case unravels, Nora uncovers a plot that may explain the secret to having-it-all. One that's worth killing for. Calling to mind a Stepford Wives gender-swap, The Husbands imagines a world where the burden of the "second shift" is equally shared--and what it may take to get there.
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