Book Reviews of The Good Wife

The Good Wife
The Good Wife
Author: Stewart O'Nan
ISBN-13: 9780374281397
ISBN-10: 0374281394
Publication Date: 4/28/2005
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed this story. A woman who stands by her man & lives her life waiting for him to return. She raises their son alone, struggling & bouncing from job to job.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was just a story about what a wife does while her husband does time. I didn't find it great or inspiring or anything - maybe blah.
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Helpful Score: 2
This was my first Stewart O'Nan "read" on audio CD. If this had been a paperback, I would have called out from work to stay home so I could read it. It's that good!
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Helpful Score: 1
Empathetic story of a wife who stays loyal to her husband through a long imprisonment. I frequently wondered why this woman made a decision to lead her life as she did, but the book rings true and honest. Well done.
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Helpful Score: 1
When her husband is convicted of the murder of an elderly, blind woman during a home invasion, Patty is left on her own to raise their son while Tommy serves out his 25-year sentence. Stewart O'Nan is a master at allowing his readers to see the characters' lives fom both the wide perspective and the narrower day-to-day existence. Patty's loyalty to her husband results in a life restricted by prison rules and regulations. It is a sad story because the consequences of his terribly bad decision on one night result in more than one lost life.
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Helpful Score: 1
A book written almost exclusively in 'tell' rather than 'show.' Where was his editor? I didn't care much for the wife, though that doesn't make for a bad book. It was the same, same, same, totally actionless book that made it so boring.
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When her husband is convicted of the murder of an elderly, blind woman during a home invasion, Patty is left on her own to raise their son while Tommy serves out his 25-year sentence. Stewart O'Nan is a master at allowing his readers to see the characters' lives fom both the wide perspective and the narrower day-to-day existence. Patty's loyalty to her husband results in a life restricted by prison rules and regulations. It is a sad story because the consequences of his terribly bad decision on one night result in more than one lost life.
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A good book about a pregnant woman whose husband gets sent to prison. I read this in one sitting.
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Terrible, terrible, terrible. Should be a zero. Could not get past the first couple of chapters. It made no sense to me.