The Good Wife

The Good Wife

Book - 2005
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From a writer who reveals 'the plainness of everyday life with straightforward lyricism' (The New York Times Book Review), the story of one remarkable, average woman. On a clear winter night in upstate New York, two young men break in to a house they believe is empty. It isn't, and within minutes an old woman is dead and the house is in flames. Soon after, the men are caught by the police. Across the county, a phone rings in a darkened bedroom, waking a pregnant woman. It's her husband. He wants her to know that he and his friend have gotten themselves into a little trouble. So Patty Dickerson's old life ends and a strange new one begins. At once a love story and a portrait of a woman discovering her own strength, The Good Wife follows Patty through the twenty-eight years of her husband's incarceration, as she raises her son, navigates a system that has no place for her, and braves the scorn of her community. Compassionate and unflinching, The Good Wife illuminates a marriage and a family tested to the limits of endurance.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straux & Giroux ; Canada : Distributed in Canada by Douglas & McIntyre, 2005.
ISBN: 9780374281397
0374281394
Characteristics: 312 pages ;,22 cm.

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snowbird922 May 30, 2012

When I first started reading this I was enjoying the flow of the way the author was telling the story. However when throughout the whole book it was She this, and Patty that it just left me lacking feeling. Where was the dialogue we lived only in her movements and thoughts. The truth is this book hit very close to home I having been able to experience the way the system works first hand and understand that it's is the families who suffer most on both sides. This book just lacked the true feelings I had hoped to experience. By the end even I was ready for Patty to give up on her husband. And why would she keep wondering what was wrong with her son why he was so introverted she was determined to make a life who was facing a 25 year to life sentence for murder did she not think that would have an impact on her son. The fact that the author didn't play more on Casey's character and the choices his mother made affecting his life takes away from the fact that he was writing a book about families who have to deal with loved ones going to jail and going through the system.

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