Literary Wives: The “Happy” Marriage?

The ironic title The Happy Marriage (2016), a novel by Tahar Ben Jelloun, is not as ironic as it seems. On the surface, “that’s the weak point of our marriage: the lack of happiness!” (p. 108). While the narrative from the perspective of an old artist, who has had a stroke, is about his “horrible... Continue Reading →

Literary Wives: A Circle of Wives

A Circle of Wives (2014) by Alice LaPlante has two critiques from me: 1) it is more of a murder mystery than it is a book about the marriage relationship, and 2) it is more about the husband than it is about the wive(s). This novel is this month’s pick for the Literary Wives Series.... Continue Reading →

Literary Wives: The Silent Wife

Welcome to the latest post in the Literary Wives series. Every two months, a group of bloggers reads a book with word “wife” in the title, and we attempt to answer the following two questions in our posts for that month. 1. What does this book say about wives or about the experience of being... Continue Reading →

Literary Wives: My Father’s Wives

I’m taking a cynical approach with this month’s Literary Wives book pick, My Father’s Wives (2015) by Mike Greenberg. It seems to me that the book taught that wives are expendable and that wives are always there for children, even when those children aren’t their own. I’ll explain in more detail later, but first, let... Continue Reading →

Literary Wives: The Bishop’s Wife

In Mette Ivie Harrison’s The Bishop’s Wife (2014), Linda Wallheim is the wife in question. She’s the wife of a Mormon (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS) bishop, and works to help him in his unpaid work as clergy for their church. She often calms down members of their ward (parish)... Continue Reading →

Literary Wives: Wife 22

I didn't read Wife 22 (2012) by Melanie Gideon.  I tried.  I did.  But I couldn't get past the first chapter. I also spent this weekend taking comprehensive exams for my Ph.D. program, which I'm finishing up this morning, so if that works as an excuse for today's lack of a post, there it is. ... Continue Reading →

Literary Wives: The World’s Wife

The World’s Wife (1999) by Carol Ann Duffy is the first poetry collection to be included in the Literary Wives Series, during which we explore the following questions: What does this book say about wives or about the experience of being a wife? In what way does this woman define “wife”—or in what way is... Continue Reading →

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