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The First Wives Club Hardcover – April 6, 1992


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New Adult Fiction by Rainbow Rowell
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; 1ST edition (April 6, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434300322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434300327
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,009,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This empowering romp tells of three divorcees in late-'80s Manhattan who plot revenge against their ex-husbands and eventually win justice.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Annie, Elise, and Brenda are all good wives who have helped their husbands achieve success. Now that their men are at the pinnacle, they find themselves dumped for younger, sleeker "trophy wives." So they band together to form the "First Wives Club" for the purpose of seeing justice done. There are obvious problems with this first novel. For one thing, the husbands are the kind of guys you love to hate and the younger women are all immature and selfish. The first wives may have their problems (drinking, overeating, and so on) but they are warm, likable characters, unlike their rotten spouses. Despite all this, it's still easy to cheer when the men reap their just rewards, and the first wives find love, happiness, and success. Money, sex, drugs, and revenge make for a heady mixture sure to be popular in any general fiction collection. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/91; Literary Guild alternate; movie rights to Paramount.
- Marilyn Jordan, Keiser Coll . Lib., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The book was well written and interesting - there were some great twists.
mrsgillies
I had watched the movie more times then I can count and just believed the book would be the same.
Joyce Moxley
Thank goodness I had just borrowed the book from the library and not bought it!
A. Reinke

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carri L. Shook on April 30, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved "The First Wives Club" despite it being not my usual choice of reading. The characters were well developed & it was so much fun to read. You really root for the characters & it is an empowering novel. This novel was so funny & witty-----it is delicious. This is one of those novels oyu can breeze right thorugh, and have so much fun with it.The plot is so original & well done. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, if you usually read deep, very emotional novels---here is your break from that, & if you read easy, fun novels, then here's another one that you'll love.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "juj" on September 23, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
...or so the saying goes. But there is also a woman behind every man's downfall...another saying goes.
This novel is a satire on society's double standard norms. But instead of sounding feminist, bitter & pathetic, our heroines are funny & witty despite their intense desire to seek revenge...nay justice. The book dealt on how Elise, Brenda & Annie formed the First Wives Club, how they connived to mete out punishments to erring husbands & how they discovered their own identities & happiness along the way.
Despite having a more serious tone compared with its movie version, Goldsmith's book is funnier & revenge tastes sweeter. Oh, I can't help but gloat over the ex-husbands' downfall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Busy Mom VINE VOICE on June 26, 2002
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This is a book guaranteed to cheer up any woman who has gone through a bitter divorce at one time or another in her lifetime! It's fun, raunchy, sexy and glamourous ~~ a perfect book to read on a hot summer day!!
Elise, Brenda and Annie are wives that have been dumped by their greedy husbands for younger and blonder models. When a mutual friend committed suicide in her devastation over her divorce by a greedy Wall Street mogul, the three women decided that enough was enough! And while plotting the perfect revenge for their ex-husbands, they also discover themselves and love along the way!
This is a comic read ~~ perfect to take to the poolside ~~ and it's perfect escapism from reality! I highly recommend this Goldsmith novel ~~ it's one of her finest and funniest!!...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By daleynic@tstt.net.tt on December 2, 1997
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This is definitely one of the best books I've ever read! As a woman I can relate to some of the experiences of these characters and what I found charming about it all was the way Ms Goldsmith was able to make me look at the humour in the situations. The book is very funny and "un-putdownable" and it helps you to change your outlook on life, it helps you to face up to the truth about yourself and your relationships (remember admission is the first step to a cure). It is not a men bashing book as I've heard people express, but it is one that aims to heighten women's awareness of what relationships may turn out to be but put in a light-hearted manner to make you laugh at yourself. This book scores high with me and I'd recommend the book (not the movie which was a total letdown) to anyone in a twinkle of an eye.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "kathrynlively" on November 29, 2000
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Where the film adaptation of The First Wives Club was witty and made for fluffy entertainment and a showcase for three good actresses, the book is a 180 degree turn. For example, the wisecracking lesbian daughter of Diane Keaton's character is, in the book, a younger girl with Down's Syndrome, and the husband/father is far crueller than the one portrayed in the film. The entire subplot involving the husband of the friend who committed suicide is omitted from the film entirely.
The book is darker, as is the humor. One could tend to agree with another reviewer that The First Wives' Club comes off as a treatise on man-bashing; I believe Ms. Goldsmith had experienced a similar situation before writing the book, hence the inspiration. Nonetheless, I liked the book somewhat when I first read it; Goldsmith does display a good wit and can tell an interesting story. I read other works and believe this is still the best of the lot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth B. Daykin on December 25, 2000
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If you're in the mood for a good, fun read that's not too fluffy, I recommend this book. It's definitely a woman's book about revenge on the opposite sex. Cathartic. It's very funny and has some great twists. I also enjoyed how developed the characters were. Our hereos were not two-dimensional bitter women, they had substance.
By all means, avoid the movie and read the book instead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tam Sesto on September 18, 1999
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This story was fun to read. Olivia Goldsmith does a nice job of giving the reader the excuse to root for the down fall of the so called "husbands" in this novel. Great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sally Atman (ksoze@mindspring.com) on February 1, 1999
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The First Wives Club is a wonderfully empowering story of nostalgia, mid-life changes, and female solidarity. Sexy, funny, and sad, the three lead characters become friends who engage us in their scheme and allow us to dream their dreams. This is one book I don't want to analyze; I prefer to enjoy it . . . over and over again.
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