Georgie and Peter, very much in love, move to London with their three children. Once there, Georgie's dormant acting career takes off and she wins the role of Dora Jordan in a one-woman show. Dora Jordan was the most famous comic actress of the 18th century (she had 13 illegitimate children, including 10 by the future king of England). As Georgie rehearses for her part, she becomes increasingly drawn to Dora Jordan, whom she sees as a working mother with struggles exactly like her own. And when Georgie can no longer fight her attraction to the playwright, she begins an affair with tragic results.
Narrated by Peter, a failed writer turned-businessman, My Wife's Affair is about infidelity, passion, duty, and about finally getting what you want and then wanting still more.
©2010 Nancy Woodruff (P)2010 Tantor
“Woodruff leaves not a dry eye in the house in this gripping ode to theater and the love it can command - and crush....Peter's excruciating autopsy of his crumbling marriage is unsparing and relentlessly punishing, but the kicker at the novel's end makes the adultery feel like a cozy little tea party. It's brutal and lovely.” (Publishers Weekly)
"Woodruff takes the unusual step of narrating the affair from Peter’s point of view, a choice that makes reading about it even more heartrending. The shocking twist at the conclusion of the book will leave stunned readers gasping for air." (Booklist)
Reviews for the PRINT version of this book are consistently excellent. I wish I could say the same for this audio version.
At the very least this book should have been read by and man and a woman. It loses so much with the single voice.
And that single voice put me to sleep. I'm over 2-1/2 hours into the six and am plodding along because I paid good money for this, this, this what!!!? If I had borrowed it from the library I would have returned it immediately. Too bad I don't have that same option with the audio version.
My suggestion is to take the time to read the print version. This audio just misses too much of the nuance and this male narrator doesn't have the range needed to portray multiple characters. I won't buy any more books where he is the reader.
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