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Meg Wolitzer brings her characteristic wit and intelligence to a provocative story about the evolution of a marriage, the nature of partnership, the question of a male or female sensibility, and the place for an ambitious woman in a man's world.

The moment Joan Castleman decides to leave her husband, they are 35,000 feet above the ocean on a flight to Helsinki. Joan's husband, Joseph, is one of America's preeminent novelists, about to receive a prestigious international award, and Joan, who has spent 40 years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, has finally decided to stop. From this gripping opening, Meg Wolitzer flashes back to Smith College and Greenwich Village in the 1950s and follows the course of the marriage that has brought the couple to this breaking point - one that results in a shocking revelation.

With her skillful storytelling and pitch-perfect observations, Wolitzer has crafted a wise and candid look at the choices all men and women make - in marriage, work, and life.

©2003 Meg Wolitzer (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Worst book I've ever read

No joke. This book was terrible. I can't recall one that I've ever read that was a worse way to spend my time. The characters were unlikeable, the story was slow and was entirely painful. 7 hrs of my life I will never get back.

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Would rather have read this in print

Brilliant story, but the director and reader made a few hammy choices (drunken conversation, accents, general aggrieved tone) that distracted me from a sense of the authors voice.

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  • M. Consol
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  • 05-15-17

Sexy, confrontational, colorful

Terrific book, beautifully written by Meg Wolitzer, taking readers on the journey of a marriage. Dawn Harley does an outstanding job interpreting and vocalizing the prose.

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Boring

This book just drugs on and on. I did not glimpse any new insights while listening to it. A talented woman gives all to not-so-talented husband, sacrificing her needs. He is unfaithful and vane, and she spends a lifetime catering to his needs. Then she decides to leave him. So what?! I failed to finish this book, stopped listening after 4 and 1/2 hours. I just didn't really care about the main characters.The narrator did a decent job, but cannot save the book.

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great performances by the read er

As a fan of Wolitzer once again she drew me in to the lives of these interesting people. Excellent reader, perfect for this story.

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