Literary Wives Series

The Literary Wives blog series is a collaborative effort.  A group of us bloggers are posting about books that have the word “wife” in the title.

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Let me introduce you to the participating bloggers.

Ariel of One Little Library

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Audra of Unabridged Chick

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Carolyn of Rosemary and Reading Glasses

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Lynn of Smoke & Mirrors


Kay of What Me Read


Naomi of Consumed by Ink


Kate of Kate Rae Davis: Reading Culture, Finding God

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And, of course, me: Emily of The Bookshelf of Emily J.

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We are asking the following two questions:

1. What does this book say about wives or about the experience of being a wife?

2. In what way does this woman define “wife”—or in what way is she defined by “wife”?

Here is the list of books we are reading and reviewing.

May 2013: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

June 2013: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

July 2013: A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

August 2013: The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

October 2013: Ahab’s Wife or, the Star-Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund

December 2013: The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon

April 2014: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

June 2014: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

August 2014: The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy

October 2014: Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

December 2014: The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

February 2015: The Last Wife of Henry VIII by Carolly Erickson

April 2015: The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison

June 2015: My Father’s Wives by Mike Greenberg

August 2015: The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

October 2015: The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison

December 2015: The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

February 2016: A Circle of Wives by Alice LaPlante

April 2016: The Happy Marriage by Tahar Ben Jelloun

June 2016: The Disobedient Wife by Annika Milisic-Stanley

August 2016: How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

October 2016: American Housewife by Helen Ellis

December 2016: Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood

February 2017: The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

April 2017: Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Theresa Fowler

June 2017: The Awakening by Kate Chopin


Feel free to read and blog along.  We would love to have you join the conversation!