From the author of the bestselling phenomenon "Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman" comes a compulsive novel about the fascinating tangle of marriage.
Fanny Savage was once dutiful, clever, vulnerable and dreamy.
Now married to Will, a successful politician with big ambitions, her life is a whirlwind of public engagements and loyalty to the party, a position that requires her to look good and remain silent.
But she's no fool. She's well aware that the world outside her home is one that seethes with despair and danger, division and lack of faith, and how fragile happiness can be.
She wonders if she's been happy coping with the transition from eager bride to politician's wife?
Has she been the Good Wife? Does being good mean being truthful?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/05/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141009797
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Review by AnneBrear
Blurb:After nineteen years of being the perfect wife to an ambitious politician, Fanny Savage is restless. Tired of merely keeping quiet and looking good at public engagements, she remembers the career she abandoned and the life she left behind as a successful partner in her father’s Italian wine business. She has devoted two decades to being the Good Wife. Was it worth it after all? Could it be time for a trip back to Italy—to the pleasures of sun, wine, and food? Could it be time for . . . a change?This is the first book by this author that I have read. I enjoyed it very much. The copy I read was the UK version and called simply, The Good Wife, which I think is a much better title than The Good Wife Strikes Back. The story is of Fanny and how, after a series of events, finds that she doesn't really know herself. After years of being wrapped up in her husband’s politic life, being a mother, daughter and carer for her alcoholic sister-in-law, she realises that she lost along the way the things she wants to do.Fanny’s journey is very realistic and portrayed well. I felt perhaps the ending wasn’t as clear cut as I would have liked. I felt she could have asserted herself more clearly and make define changes so that her husband would be less selfish, but on the whole, this is a very good story.
Review by pamjw
Ok story, but nothing really happens, and no ending as such