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The First Wives Club Hardcover – April 6, 1992

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This empowering romp tells of three divorcees in late-'80s Manhattan who plot revenge against their ex-husbands and eventually win justice.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Annie, Elise, and Brenda are all good wives who have helped their husbands achieve success. Now that their men are at the pinnacle, they find themselves dumped for younger, sleeker "trophy wives." So they band together to form the "First Wives Club" for the purpose of seeing justice done. There are obvious problems with this first novel. For one thing, the husbands are the kind of guys you love to hate and the younger women are all immature and selfish. The first wives may have their problems (drinking, overeating, and so on) but they are warm, likable characters, unlike their rotten spouses. Despite all this, it's still easy to cheer when the men reap their just rewards, and the first wives find love, happiness, and success. Money, sex, drugs, and revenge make for a heady mixture sure to be popular in any general fiction collection. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/91; Literary Guild alternate; movie rights to Paramount.
- Marilyn Jordan, Keiser Coll . Lib., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd; 1st edition (April 6, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434300322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434300327
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,665,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
...or so the saying goes. But there is also a woman behind every man's downfall...another saying goes.
This novel is a satire on society's double standard norms. But instead of sounding feminist, bitter & pathetic, our heroines are funny & witty despite their intense desire to seek revenge...nay justice. The book dealt on how Elise, Brenda & Annie formed the First Wives Club, how they connived to mete out punishments to erring husbands & how they discovered their own identities & happiness along the way.
Despite having a more serious tone compared with its movie version, Goldsmith's book is funnier & revenge tastes sweeter. Oh, I can't help but gloat over the ex-husbands' downfall.
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I loved "The First Wives Club" despite it being not my usual choice of reading. The characters were well developed & it was so much fun to read. You really root for the characters & it is an empowering novel. This novel was so funny & witty-----it is delicious. This is one of those novels oyu can breeze right thorugh, and have so much fun with it.The plot is so original & well done. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, if you usually read deep, very emotional novels---here is your break from that, & if you read easy, fun novels, then here's another one that you'll love.
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This is a book guaranteed to cheer up any woman who has gone through a bitter divorce at one time or another in her lifetime! It's fun, raunchy, sexy and glamourous ~~ a perfect book to read on a hot summer day!!
Elise, Brenda and Annie are wives that have been dumped by their greedy husbands for younger and blonder models. When a mutual friend committed suicide in her devastation over her divorce by a greedy Wall Street mogul, the three women decided that enough was enough! And while plotting the perfect revenge for their ex-husbands, they also discover themselves and love along the way!
This is a comic read ~~ perfect to take to the poolside ~~ and it's perfect escapism from reality! I highly recommend this Goldsmith novel ~~ it's one of her finest and funniest!!...
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This is definitely one of the best books I've ever read! As a woman I can relate to some of the experiences of these characters and what I found charming about it all was the way Ms Goldsmith was able to make me look at the humour in the situations. The book is very funny and "un-putdownable" and it helps you to change your outlook on life, it helps you to face up to the truth about yourself and your relationships (remember admission is the first step to a cure). It is not a men bashing book as I've heard people express, but it is one that aims to heighten women's awareness of what relationships may turn out to be but put in a light-hearted manner to make you laugh at yourself. This book scores high with me and I'd recommend the book (not the movie which was a total letdown) to anyone in a twinkle of an eye.
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I bought Olivia Goldsmith's debut because I felt the book fit in with the books I have on my bookshelf (books written for women by women). I had heard of the movie (still haven't seen it and it's come on Oxygen and Lifetime countless times) but was told the book was far better than the movie attempted to be. Only thing is I haven't actually read the book because I'm a book snob, meaning any detail of the book that doesn't meet my criteria I give it away, no questions asked! The length was a big deal to me. I have read lengthy novels (i.e. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, A Time to Kill by John Grisham) but I've always figured when a book is over 500+ pages it tends to be weighed down with unnecessary details, pointless descriptions and dialogue, and too much shifting in the POV and backstory that takes away from the actual novel itself. When I purchase a novel, I'd want to read a novel NOT an epic or saga. A typical novel's word count is 80-100k and having observed how big the font was (if you're on Microsoft Word 2016, think Goudy Old Style, 14 pt.) this could've easily tripled that. That said, while the cover was appealing, the synopsis intriguing, and it overall would have been a definite keepsake for the bookshelf, the length and the size of the font (too big!) turned me off, and I gave it to a friend as my way of doing my good deed for the day and because I knew she didn't have a life.

The next time the movie comes on TV, I will watch it. And if it's truly a terrible movie (though I don't see how with veteran actresses Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn), I can at least thank my lucky stars and the high heavens, I didn't purchase the movie from Amazon, and hearing my money go down the drain!
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By A Customer on November 29, 2000
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Where the film adaptation of The First Wives Club was witty and made for fluffy entertainment and a showcase for three good actresses, the book is a 180 degree turn. For example, the wisecracking lesbian daughter of Diane Keaton's character is, in the book, a younger girl with Down's Syndrome, and the husband/father is far crueller than the one portrayed in the film. The entire subplot involving the husband of the friend who committed suicide is omitted from the film entirely.
The book is darker, as is the humor. One could tend to agree with another reviewer that The First Wives' Club comes off as a treatise on man-bashing; I believe Ms. Goldsmith had experienced a similar situation before writing the book, hence the inspiration. Nonetheless, I liked the book somewhat when I first read it; Goldsmith does display a good wit and can tell an interesting story. I read other works and believe this is still the best of the lot.
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