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Three young wives discover what they should have known all along: that their husbands are rotten. Optioned for film, of course.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Acclaim for Olivia Goldsmith: 'One of our most acute observers of modern marriage and betrayal' Good Housekeeping 'Full of wisecracks, and gossip... Olivia Goldsmith can keep you reading' Cosmopolitan 'Goldsmith's characters are wilful, robust, amusing and delightfully credible' Mail on Sunday --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (January 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0788743031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694522590
  • ASIN: 0694522597
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,446,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Marcy L. Thompson VINE VOICE on July 14, 2000
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I read this book in one (very LATE) evening. This is what always happens to me when I buy an Olivia Goldsmith book. Why? Well, she is a fluent writer, with a fine sense of pacing. She has a devious mind, with which she plays out every revenge fantasy you ever had.
Now, it is certainly true that Goldsmith chooses the landscape between men and women as the venue for her most outrageous revenge escapades, and thus men in her books fall into three categories:
(1) complete slime balls who deserve far worse than ever happens to them in these books
(2) wonderful gentle perfect men who turn out to be the ideal love interest for the women who were treated badly by men of type #1
(3) supporting characters, who, when they do not fall into categories #1 and #2, always turn out to be gay
This book is no exception. Bad men, loving women who were done wrong, revenge which tosses the men farther down than they tossed their women, and lots of emotional catharsis.
The three main characters had the usual Goldsmith adventures and all ended up significantly better off than they had been at the beginning of the book. (And at the beginning of the book, two of them thought they had great marriages.)
You don't have to believe all men are pigs to enjoy this fiction, but you do have to be willing to believe that smart women frequently choose men who turn out to be pigs. Put aside what you know about real men, and their complex combinations of good and bad qualities, and wallow in the rollicking story provided for your spare-time enjoyment.
What can I say? It was great fun.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Hughes on February 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
From the first witty chapter heading, Olivia Goldsmith dismantles the perfect suburban lives of attorney Angela, bank manager Jada and housewife Michelle. Then, with her characteristic wit, irony and laugh-aloud humor, she weaves their lives together and with not-so-surprising plot twists, gives them the strength to triumph over incredible (read man related) adversity.
While I read, I was sure I'd met Angela, Jada and Michelle before. I loved watching them develop new powers and talents as their friendship deepened. And, now that I've finished Young Wives, I miss them. I'd love to read a sequel.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Simba on April 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
OK, first I have to comment on Mr. Mallory's review. Yawn? I'd expect a man to yawn through this book. I, for one, can't keep my eyes opened when the plot of a book is based around the workings of a submarine.
The purpose of this book is not to capture the male reader - as a matter of fact, if anything, it is meant to tick them off. And, for what it is - AND IT IS A "GIRL" BOOK - "Young Wives" is very good. It manages to successfully follow the lives of three different women without getting too bogged down in senseless details. The writing is very good, the plot is thought out and executed in a very consistent manner. It's easy reading fiction that walks an almost comical line of outrage that only a woman could understand. So, if you have a problem with this book, it is probably because you basically do not like this type of literary entertainment.
If you're looking for a court drama, read John Grisham. If you're looking for good psycho-drama, read Dean Koontz. If you're looking for god-awful, horrible fiction, read Jackie Collins, Danielle Steel or Barbara Taylor-Bradford. But, if you want half-way decent fiction for women (and I stress the words fiction and women!), read Olivia Goldsmith. She's one of the best of her genre.
And - if you're a guy, go read Tom Clancy. Or, Zane Grey. You'll be much happier because you'll be reading a book that many a woman will put down after a few chapters rather than yawn through it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Greene on December 27, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first Goldsmith book I've read, though I did see and enjoy "The First Wives Club" movie. It has interesting and believeable female characters, slimeball husbands, and a fabulous revenge plot, all of which make it entirely enjoyable in the hands of a very accomplished writer. While I personally like my hiss! boo! villians a little more nuanced, watching them receive their comeuppance was extremely satisfying. Goldsmith understands real female bonding. Her sub-theme of what happens when women's idealistic dreams are shattered, and how they must become independent to achieve lasting happiness, adds a certian poignancy to the book. Highly recommended!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Duckypoo on March 10, 2004
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I wasn't expecting Shakespeare when I picked up this book. It looked like lighthearted fun, and so I gave it a go.
To begin with, I found the women's troubles just dragged out and dragged out until I'd had enough of them. Jada's storyline was the worst for it. What I can't understand is how everyone Jada has to deal with is bigoted, impatient, unkind and prejudiced, yet her husband manages to be surrounded by decent, caring, helpful people and in many cases, they're the same people! We're supposed to believe that everyone falls for the sob story of the lazy worthless husband? I don't buy that.
I started skipping pages in the middle because I was quite sick of it all, and so I read the endings, and I was disappointed there too. Instead of achieving a real victory over their slimeball husbands, the women get even in a seriously illegal way, and I don't see how they could possible get away with it. It was all very implausible and an insult to the reader's intelligence.
It was a shame the author didn't put more fun and less drama into this book. It would have been more enjoyable to see the wives get their revenge in creative ways that didn't see them breaking the law and becoming wanted criminals. There was a lot of potential, and the friendship was enjoyable to read about, but there were too many flaws. The next time I want a lighthearted read, I'm going back to Jackie Collins.
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