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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.
A wonderful read! The story line takes second place to the wonderful development of the main character.
She is so real! Read more
A well-written story of what it means to commit to someone, for better or worse. In this case, the protagonist is the young, pregnant wife (Patty) of a man (Tommy) who gets himself... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ravenous Reader
Another beauty by Mr.O,Nan. His stories are as simple and as captivating as real life. Each one is different, no templet there, Thank you Stewart O,Nan.Published 10 months ago by dp
This is the second work of Stewart O’Nan’s I’ve read. The first (about a decade ago) was THE CIRCUS FIRE, which I never reviewed, but which I still remember as having been quite... Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. Russell Bittner
This book held my attention and was at times even a page turner. It isn't a mystery but it chronicles the lives of a family with a loved one in prison. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Comfort shoe aficionado
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 19 months 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 23 months ago by David L. Olson