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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Abridged edition (January 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0694522597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0694522590
  • 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 (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,640,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

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.

Review

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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Customer Reviews

You can't go wrong reading this book.
J. Robert Ewbank
Overall i feel that saying i enjoyed this book is a little bit of an overstatement.
mrsgillies
With the exception of one book, I have enjoyed each of her books I've read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marcy L. Thompson VINE VOICE on July 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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15 of 16 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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17 of 20 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 Roxanne Marcianti on February 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a book for women! Being one myself I am truly astonished how Olivia Goldsmith has her finger right on the pulse of the real world! Loved the First Wives Club (movie was cute but book was a nose burier). Same with this book. I just got out of the hospital having been ordered to strict bed-rest for 2 weeks. Thankfully I has just purchased this book. I'll be finished this book at the end of today and what shall I read next? I'm afraid I'll be disappointed in anything else I pick up if it hasn't been written by this author. And I swear, she and I do not know each other!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
At first I thought "Young Wives" was boring and slow. I was wrong! After the first half of the book, Jada and Michelle meet Angela and their lives really take on a new twist! I think Angela was the saving point of this story. Jada and Michelle are suddenly single women with children and Angela has a problem of her own to deal with. I think Jada's decision regarding her children was a good move, however her drastic measures to get them from Clinton was a bit much. I would not recommend doing what she did to the house. As far as Michelle goes, she did some foolish things herself to protect her kids. This book is a riot, so hang in there through the first few chapters, and you'll find yourself in the middle of a great read!
To the reader from Australia- Here are some great books to try !
Handyman by Linda Nichols
Plainsong by Ken Haruf
Bittersweet Rain by Sandra Brown
And, of course, anything from Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel!
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