Joanna's Husband and David's Wife Author:Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey David thought he knew Joanna. After twenty-five years, why wouldn't he? But when he finds the journals she has kept throughout their marriage, everything he ever held true is up for grabs. In a form reminiscent of her best-selling novel "A Woman of Independent Means", Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey reveals the inner workings of a marriage from bot... more »h points of view, the husband's and the wife's, uniquely captured in freeze-frames from the pages of a diary.
Steeped in the tradition of the fifties, Joanna is the perfect wife to her fledgling playwright husband: Through agonizing opening-night disasters and bad reviews, she stands by him. Her reward? The reflected glory of his increasingly occasional triumphs. But her journals reveal a hidden woman: a daughter with deeply ambivalent feelings toward her upper-middle-class parents, a devoted mother of two children, a wife torn between her love for her difficult husband and her growing need to find accomplishment on her own.
When at last she carves out her own success, the equilibrium in their marriage and in their lives has been destroyed. If they are to reaffirm the pledge made twenty-five years before, they must rederfine the terms. Joanna's Husband and David's Wife is a profoundly intimate portrait of a man and woman trying to find their way in marriage at a time when the meaning of marriage itself has radically changed.