“Something is nearly over. I put my hand over my heart as if I can keep its contents from spilling out.” p. 222
Title: Wife 22
Author: Melanie Gideon
Genre: Contemporary Fiction; Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Source: Review copy via Netgalley
When she receives an invitation to take part in a marriage study, Alice Buckle, a former playwright who feels disconnected from her husband after 20 years of marriage, jumps at the chance to tell her stories. She is given the label Wife 22 and assigned to Researcher 101. But the relationship between Wife 22 and Researcher 101 quickly deepens, causing Alice to reflect on and question her choices in life.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect going into Wife 22 and found I was pleasantly surprised. Gideon plays with different ways of storytelling – through facebook statuses, google searches, and scenes of dialogue as if Alice’s life were a play. This unconventional storytelling added something to the book and kept it from becoming just another story of a woman lost in her roles as wife and mother.
I felt for Alice and really enjoyed watching her history reveal itself through the questionnaire. Alice’s answers are given without the questions (they’re provided in the back but flipping is way too much work on an ebook) and it was fun to try to figure out what her prompt was.
Wife 22 is charming, funny, and honest (and it reads very quickly if you’re looking for a book to get lost in for a few hours). I definitely recommend this one.