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With his usual practicality, O'Nan kills the hope off quickly in The Good Wife. This isn/t a novel of beating the odds but of enduring them. We follow Patty through her husband's long incarceration as she moves in with family, gets a series of low-paying jobs, remains faithful to Tommy, and raises their son Casey alone. These aren't unique circumstances--although they rarely form the stuff of fiction--and these aren't unique, unforgettable characters. Patty Dickerson could be anyone, and that's the point. This is a story of ordinary lives and small graces. O'Nan's refusal to dress things up (or down) is part of the charm of this clear-sighted, uncompromising novel. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I thought it was interesting that this story took place in New York state, and I was familiar with a lot of the places mentioned because I'm from NY. Read morePublished 1 day ago by ChaeW
At first I didn't care for the characters but then they started to grow on me. It was interesting to see Patty's growth and change but i felt like I wanted more.Published 4 months ago by David L. Olson
There were parts of this book that I liked, but overall, I thought it was slow going. I really didn't like any of the characters very much & didn't think that "the good... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jackie Vogt
A little disappointed with the story. I thought the wife would divorce and start a new life. Show how a woman can get on with her life and leave the past behind. Read morePublished 12 months ago by toto
A story of two young people who's love has withstood many of life's tests. Murder, prison, pregnant and alone, raising a child all the way through college and still waiting for... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Redhawk
I was very frustrated by this book. Nothing happened, except time passing. The characters aged but did not grow. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by apty
I ran across a copy of "Speed Queen" in my local library and that was it; I was hooked on Stewart O'Nan. Read morePublished on May 7, 2011 by Diane C
After reading Last Night at The Lobster I ordered up all of Stewart O'Nan's books from Amazon. I made my way thru them all in 2 days - and The Good Wife is my
favorite of his... Read more
I admire this book because I admire Stewart O'Nan. It's gutsy to write a book spanning twenty years in which "nothing happens". Read morePublished on May 25, 2010 by Dash Doer