The Good Wife

A Novel

Stewart O'Nan

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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.

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ARRESTEDAND IF YOU SEE MY REFLECTION IN THE SNOW-COVERED HILLS

WELL THE LANDSLIDE WILL BRING IT DOWN

FLEETWOOD MACTHE OTHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHTPATTY’S ASLEEP WHEN IT BEGINS, WAITING FOR HIM IN THE DARK.She goes to Tommy’s game to see him play. He scores his first goal of the season, but she’s pregnant and can’t drink, so there’s no reason for her to go out with the rest of the team after. She’s tired, her back hurts from work and sitting on the hard bleachers, and she uses that as an excuse. It’s why she brought her car in the first place.

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Stewart O'Nan

Stewart O'Nan's novels include The Night Country, Snow Angels, The Speed Queen, and A Prayer for the Dying. Granta named him one of the Twenty Best Young American Novelists. He lives in Connecticut.

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The Good Wife
A Novel
Stewart O'Nan

e-Book Agency

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429976923
ISBN10: 1429976926
320 pages
$7.99

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Picador
March 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312425012
ISBN10: 0312425015
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$21.00
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