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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reprint edition (September 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425206548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425206546
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Los Angeles Times One for the grown-ups!...pathos, slapstick, romance....My children have been addicted to her for years -- now one sees why. -- Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Judy Blume is the author of three adult novels, including Wifey, Smart Women, and the #1 bestseller Summer Sisters. Her classic novels for young readers include Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, the Fudge books (from Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing to Double Fudge) and Forever. More than 75 million copies of her books are in print. In 2004, she was awarded the National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.
She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings and
concerns with her.
Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honored her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.
She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.
Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.
Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

Customer Reviews

This book is really, really awful.
Maya Rose
I was disappointed at the ending because there was no change in the main character - she was exactly the way she was in the beginning of the story.
Englishruler
I had read this book over 20 years ago when I was in my teens.
Diane

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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 21, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Wifey" was a great book, and a fast page-turner. I have been a fan of Judy Blume since I was in elementary school, and she has never disappointed me. "Wifey" is a story about the extracurricular and sexual activities of the well-off in suburban New Jersey, during a summer in the early 1970s. Sandy Pressman has been bored with her life and marriage, until the morning a man on his motorcycle rides onto her property. With her children away at summer camp, Sandy finds herself getting into certain situations that will forever change her "good girl" image. Meanwhile, life goes on for her husband, family, and friends, most of whom are clueless about Sandy's activities. Written in a humorous prose, "Wifey" will leave you laughing, and you will not want the story to end. Just be careful not to leave this book where a child will find it, because it is very sexually explicit. "Smart Women" will be my next read.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By girldiver on September 29, 2003
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I enjoyed this read about a bored housewife. She has settled into a routine of children and saturday sex. When her children go off to summer camp she begins to wonder why her life is not fullfilled emotionally and sexually.
I was drawn into the book by the very first chapter when a motorcycle man drives up early in the morning and pleases himself on Sandy's lawn while she idly watches him from her bedroom window. Sandy begins to wonder what she is doing with her husband Norman and begins fantasizing about her old boyfriend Shep. The entire summer showcases Sandy's sexual awakening and extra marital affairs. But like all things there are emotional and physical consequences.
This book was very Jong-like (Erica Jong author of fear of flying) full of emotion and personal exploration as another reviewer also mentioned. This book was well written by a talented woman, Judy Blume. I never had the privledge to read her childrens books but I imagine they were good.
I too was disappointed in the ending but the book definetly demontrated the importance of communication and tenderness in marriage. All in all I read the book from cover to cover and enjoyed Sandy's journey.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Birdsong on January 13, 2002
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Judy Blume captures yet another mundane suburban life and puts a candid and humorous spin on it with Wifey. One can't help but identify--or at least sympathize--with New Jersey housewife Sandy Pressman and her strained marriage, repressed husband, and demanding extended family. All 33-year-old Sandy wants is to live a little, burst her protective bubble, and earn some respect from her condescending hubby Norm.
Blume's style is so honest and Sandy's fantasies are so vividly sexual--and often absurd--that Wifey, while a quick and easy read, holds some strong literary merits for its brazenness and commanding humor. Pick up this *adult* read (many of Blume's books are for young teens, but this is NOT one of them!) and escape into Sandy's fantasy world and exasperating reality.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Zane on August 17, 2001
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My entertainment attorney has been talking about this book for more than a year and when I spotted one copy on the shelf, I had to pick it up and dig into it that very same night. I truly enjoyed the novel from page one, and I thought the main character was purely delightful. A woman that had been repressed sexually by her husband for the entire length of their marriage who finally decided to take a walk on the wild side. Norman, the husband that didn't believe in sexual adventure, was a study in what is wrong with dominant men who think they run the show. Judy Blume is a wonderful author and one of my personal favorites.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 1999
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When I was a kid I read every Judy Blume book published including certain parts of Wifey! I've finally taken the opportunity to read the entire book and found it my favorite of her adult novels. The story pulled me right through and I read the whole thing in one day! That's tough with three kids running around, believe me! The book was sexy, honest and in many parts, hilarious. The characters were very believable, so much that I wanted to ring several of their necks! I highly recomend this book, especially if you've enjoyed her other books, but take my advice, if you have curious kids; HIDE IT!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 2000
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I've been reading Judy Blume since childhood and Wifey is absolutely one of her best!
This was a fun, sexy, fast read that me sad to see it end.
The characters and the storylines were easy to follow and believeable.
I highly recommend Judy Blume's Wifey. It would make a great summer beach read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Adam Shah on May 16, 2006
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This is Judy Blume's famous adult novel--you know the one that you heard about on the playground when you read her young adult books but thought that it was all lies. It tells the story of Sandy, a woman in an unfulfilling marriage who doesn't know how to make it better, is afraid of leaving, and is battered by the winds of change of the sexual revolution and women's liberation.

Although it is a fun read, Wifey is really most interesting now as a time capsule--a time in the late-70s in which people were trying on casual sex for size. Although there are no "key parties" here, there are open marriages and affairs at a drop of the hat. There is also casual racism, and the beginnings of white flight from the inner-ring suburbs that has become a major trend and helped create the "exurbs" as the current growth region. Finally, Blum portrays the time as a time when the last bit of Jewish upper-middle class integration had not yet occurred.

There is not much to the plot other than Wifey's unhappiness and her hope for a way out. But it was an interesting read.
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