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The Doctor's Wife Paperback – November 29, 2005
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THE DOCTOR'S WIFE is set in upstate New York --- civil, picturesque, well-mannered upstate New York --- and centers on Michael and Annie Knowles, the kind of couple that sits around listening to NPR's soothing, well-modulated liberal voices on Sunday mornings while doing the crossword in the Times; the smell of their toasted designer bagels mingling with the scent of their designer coffee, while their perfect children in Gap chic are playing nearby before rushing off to soccer and other mainstays of suburban life. Michael is a young, extremely busy and successful OB/GYN at a prominent hospital; Annie is a Miss Porter's School-educated college professor who teaches creative writing (naturally). But wait --- is that a rat we smell amidst the Starbucks?
Annie is growing bored being "the doctor's wife," particularly since the Good Doctor is never around. It appears that Doc's bell is being rung these days by Celina James, an old flame who appeals to much more than Michael's libido --- she has a good-sized socio-political agenda wrapped up in the shape of her Women's Health Clinic, the town's only provider of abortions.Read more ›
I strongly take issue with the critic and wonder if in fact
he/she read it in its entirety, as it is anything but...
I consider myself a serious reader, preferring to read for
language rather than content. I found this book to be
extremely well crafted, tightly edited, with a strong involving
plot line, nuanced character development, and an imaginative structure
that is neither confusing nor obtuse.
The lovely, occasionally harsh, readily poignant use of language,
informs the complexities of the characters
making them not so dark as much as human,
drenching them in a full range of sincere humanity and all its
Whether on the beach this summer or sitting reflectively
with a pencil underscoring the delicious use of language,
I heartily recommend The Doctor's Wife.
This is an extremely impressive debut novel which
I intend to savor with a second read.
I think this book makes us understand how the characters cope with intricate predicaments they face. The characters reach a juncture where the their values are tested. Some of these characters values or blurred or corrupted. No one can know what the outcome will be, and that made it difficult for me to put down. I do not condone what the characters do in the book. Sometimes right and wrong can be blurred. Reading this made me examine my own rush to judgement about certain events in the book; but also how I may react if in a similar situation.
This book is a riveting. The author is a good storyteller. If a book can be on your mind for a while, then that is remarkable. I read it 9 months ago. If you are looking for a tidy happy book, then this is not a book for you. If you want to read a relational mystery unfold that is controversial, insightful, and thought-provoking--then this is a book for you.
I give this book a 4.5. The only reason I dock the book is because I am a Christian and there was some content regarding Christianity that I felt may skew people from Christianity or religion--by continuing with stereotypes. I know this is a personal bias and I have the courage to admit it. I feel religion is taking a hit in the media and this can affect opinions. In essence, potentially corrupt opinions of Christianity and religion. However there is a small segment of nutty religious sects, and also nutty non-believers.
I do not think that was the author's intention to continue the stereotype. I do think the author accomplished what she desired--that is to think. I highly recommended this good, fictional book.
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