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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446612685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446612685
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,221,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jackee aka TygarJ on September 8, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I absolutely love Susannah Katz articles on MSN about dating in the subburbs. I was anxiously awaiting this book. I really didn't feel a connection or have any interest in this character. I was less than impressed with story. when I Katz's teasers on MSN Icould not stop from reading and wanting for her next article. This book was for lack of better words...blah
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Grattan VINE VOICE on November 22, 2007
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Ostensibly Julia Flanagan has opened her eyes to possibilities in her life due to a challenge by her friends, the Beach Babes, to become more daring, to get beyond her staid life. In actuality, she is in a lifeless marriage. It's not too surprising, as an attractive, intelligent woman, that she would take note of a ruggedly handsome, articulate professor who works in her same building. Of course, there is the usual denial that this new person is having an impact.

The book is a quick moving examination of marital woes. Many of the characters are rather stereotypical such as the incredibly insensitive, imperceptive husband and the friends who seem to be cheerleaders for infidelity. Julia is a bit more compelling. However, the resolution to this saga is hardly "daring." The book is mainstream chick-lit. The author is well-versed in modern culture and uses her words well. It's a good afternoon read if one finds the subject compelling.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on September 18, 2009
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As a long-time reader of Katz's MSN "Single in the Suburbs" column, it was unfortunate to read this novel and realize that it's her old life + what she wished she had done in response to her philandering, inattentive husband.

Katz (or Kent, as the case may be) and her protagonist, Julia Flanagan, both work in a university-related job; live in an Indiana college town; act the same meek, mild and non-waves-making way; etc etc. Seeing as the main character is sadly quite a wimp (I kept wishing she would just grow a backbone and confront her husband), I just feel bad for Katz, since it seems to obviously be here and what she wished she had done.

The husband, though we are repeatedly *told* he is great person, NEVER shows this, sans one bedtime story. He is a jerk with an obnoxiously obvious wandering eye throughout the entire thing, leaving us to wonder why he's so great, why she's with him, and why she does what she does.

The writing is fine -- it starts well and ends OK with some cute moments in between, but the overall story (and unlikable characters) plus numerous loose ends (she does everything opposite her mother because she never wants to be like her, yet refuses to confront her husband because her mother always told her that men don't like jealous women...) made this a disappointing -- though quick -- read.
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Sara Suzannah Katz is an amazing writer. I loved her "Single in the Suburbs" column and was very sad when it ended. To console myself, I bought "Wife Living Dangerously" and for the most part, enjoyed the book. Julia, the main character, continuously finds herself in embarrassing situations as she tries to reinvent herself, getting a new hairdo--and ending up with a bad perm, taking singing lessons to bond with her husband (who's joined a band of middle-aged wannabees)--and gets rebuffed by him onstage. Her descriptions of every day things--the inside of a neglected office, what her husband looks like and has turned into, are marvelous. There were some things about this novel that perplexed me, however. Like some other reviewers, I didn't find the character of Michael, Julia's husband, to be likeable or sympathetic, despite the author's many assurances that he was a nice, long-suffering guy. If anything, Michael comes across as wimpy, pathetic, oafish, a poor listener and a poor sport. One wonders what Julia is doing with this dweeb. I also don't understand why her friends keep egging her on to do something "bad," it's almost as if they applaud her attempts at infidelity with the hot professor she meets. Also, where are the hearts and minds of Julia's children in this book? They always seem to be with a babysitter, conveniently out of the way so Julia--and Michael for that matter--can indulge in their respective midlife crises. What they feel and think isn't emphasized at all in the book.

In any case, I hope Katz writes another novel very soon, I'd definitely read it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ratmammy VINE VOICE on May 6, 2006
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WIFE LIVING DANGEROUSLY by Sara Susannah Katz

May 6, 2006

Amazon rating 4/5

"Julia Flanagan has always lived life by the rules. It's a defense mechanism from having grown up with a woman (her mother) who was quite the opposite - breaking all the rules and loving it. Wife Living Dangerously takes a refreshing look at a married woman who, with the coaxing of her friends, decides to cut loose...

Suddenly, Julia is faced with temptation. Handsome Evan Delaney, a medieval studies professor who's always on her mind, keeps turning up everywhere she goes. As her own husband loses interest in her - mostly because of a rock band his friends form and invite him to join - Julia pines after Evan even more. The two begin an innocent friendship, but she's tempted by his talk of 'courtly love' and other things medieval. Evan is obviously interested in Julia, who reminds him she's a married woman." - Complete review at BookLoons - M. Lofton

WIFE LIVING DANGEROUSLY was a good way to spend a lazy afternoon, reading about the escapades of this woman who felt it was time to break loose. Not a serious book, but it was not exactly chick-lit, I liked the main character Julia, and rooted for her as she tried to decide what she really wanted out of life.
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