Wifey Author:Judy Blume Sandy Pressman is a 32 yr old New Jersery Housewife with everything-and nothing. On the surface her life bears all the hallmarks of success, including the right husband, children, house and country club. But below this glossy facade lie the shreds of what should have been Sandy's life. Though she's shomething of a hypochondriac, Shandy knows ... more »that she is not imagining the ills that beset her - a dying marriage, a husband oblivious to her needs, a stae life-style in suburbia. And so Sandy Pressman, who has never made a decision in her life, decides to decide, and sets out in quest of the woman who lies beneth a lifetime of self-effacement.
The Search is not easy, and eniemies about. Her husband, Norman, who runs a drycleaning business and likes everyting including Saturday night sex as sanitary, safe and predicitable as his work, suggests a few extra tennis lessons at the club as an antidote to her disaffection. Her sister Myra, beautiful, athletic, full-breasted, and even better married than Sandy, makes a mockery of Sandy's relentlessness by her very existance. But perhaps the most dangerous enemy is Sandy herself. Even in pursuit, she seems to have no direction-until her old flame, Shep, apprears on the scene.
Marriage and children have done nothing to dull the essential magnetism of Shep, a handsome womanizer whom Sandy relinquished for the more stable Norman. Suddenly reckless, Sandy plunges into an entanglement that has as much to do with the search for her own emotional and sexual identity as ti does with Shep's considerable attractions. Finally ,amid fumbling and hilarisouly devastating encounters with her brother-in-law, mother-in-law, best friend's husband, and an obscene visitor, Sandy comes to terms with the fantacies and realities of marriage in the seventies.
Overflowing with characters and situations that will strike cords of recognition in every contemporary reader, Wifey is a riotous, occasionally risque and deeply poignany novel of oen woman's attempt to make sense of freedom and commitment in our society.« less