IBG Tuesday Meetup - The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Hi All,

We had a great meetup this week when we discussed the Man Booker Shortlist Book Harvest by Jim Crace. 

I loved it and found it a quick enjoyable read. It is a story of seven days in the life of a pre industrial revolution isolated village in Middle England. The narrator is one of the characters and he takes us through the changes that occur as a result of unlucky events, the arrival of newcomers and changes in ownership of the landed gentry.

It is so well written that I was transported back in time to the idyllic setting.

It's central themes are the nature of belonging ( when are you no longer a newcomer but fully belong), loyalty, self identity and the restrictions of class in society. It was a good vehicle to also explore interdependence and the necessity ( or not ) of being a member of a community.

Not all members enjoyed it - some couldnt get past the first 100  pages due to the slower pace. Some had read that it contained some gore and was a quite violent novel so were disappointed by it's relative mildness.

I would recommend it.

We then voted for the next book:

Hannah - White Teeth by Zadie Smith ( 1 )

The winner was:

Sam - The Wife by Meg Wolitzer ( 10 )

Below is a synopsis from Waterstones:

"A husband. A wife. A secret. Joe and Joan Castleman are on route to Helsinki, Joe is thinking about the prestigious literary prize he will receive and Joan is plotting how to leave him. For too long Joan has played the role of supportive wife, turning a blind eye to his misdemeanours, subjugating her own talents and quietly being the keystone of his success. The Wife is an acerbic and astonishing take on a marriage from its public face to the private world behind closed doors. Wolitzer has masterfully created an expose of lives lived in partnership and the truth that behind the compromises, dedication and promise inherent in marriage there so often lies a secret..."

I'm really looking forward to reading this.

See you then,

Hannah

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  • Hannah

    Your host tonight will be Sam.
    I'm so sorry to miss it but i'm not well. Hope you see yu all in the next couple of week :-)

    December 3, 2013

  • Natalia

    Sorry, will be working late today and won't be able to join.

    December 3, 2013

  • Anne

    Sorry Hannah, I'm not feeling well today. I'm interested to hear what everyone thought - I thought the twist was very predictable (and you know I never usually guess the twists!)

    December 3, 2013

  • Hilary s.

    hi I am still waiting for my copy of this book to come. I ordered from Amazon last Monday and it's still on here. So I'm afraid that I will have to miss the meeting this evening, but will be looking forward to the next one.

    December 3, 2013

  • Jessie H.

    Sorry,I have been so busy with work that I could not finish the book.Looking forward to the next meetup

    December 2, 2013

  • Morgan

    Hi! I seem to have missed the cutoff to confirm my attendance? Can I still come join you all? Thanks!

    December 1, 2013

    • Hannah

      Hi Morgan, Yes I will update your RSVP as Yes

      December 2, 2013

  • Hannah

    We have a table in the restaurant booked under my name. See you all tomorrow :-)

    December 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is the Tuesday meetup taking place?

    December 2, 2013

  • Eleanor M.

    Hi, I'm not sure whether I need to RSVP as I've already said that I'm attending. I've read the book and would still like to join you. Can you confirm that this is ok. Thanks

    December 2, 2013

  • William

    Ordered it on ebay only for the seller to tell me a week later that they didn't have it after all. Tried again through Waterstones, only for them to tell me that my order has been delayed due to 'a technical issue' (ie not having it either). If it's not here by Saturday lunchtime I'll be skipping the discussion and maybe turning up later for a drink.

    November 28, 2013

  • Hannah

    Ive just bought it from Amazon. Has everyone managed to get it now?

    November 25, 2013

  • Anne

    Good idea, I've managed to order it off eBay

    November 19, 2013

  • Janet J.

    I got it second hand from an Amazon dealer
    Janet

    November 19, 2013

  • Hilary s.

    hi i, too am having trouble getting hold of this book. I did order it from Waterstones, but after a week was told that it was out of print and that they not going to re-print it until 20/11/13 and then it would take about 3 to 4 days to get it into the shops. So i'm not sure whether or not i will get it in time to read it before the 5th.

    November 19, 2013

  • Anne

    Hi all, I'm having trouble getting this book. Foyles & Waterstones don't have it in stock & neither does amazon. If any of you managed to get it please let me know where from. Thanks x

    November 19, 2013

  • Eleanor M.

    Hi, I've just ordered the book and looking forward to my first meet up with you all.

    November 12, 2013

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