I have been tangled in the web of words for a very long time. I remember being a child and riding my bike to the local library, only needing help getting home because I had checked out so many books.~~
My love of the written word has grown over the years. I recently left my dream job at Barnes & Noble to marry the man of my dreams. I am writing this blog to share with you the books I have read throughout the years. Please feel free to comment and discuss.
44 year old Alice Buckle is feeling a bit disconnected from her husband, William. They have been married for a very long time and have two wonderful kids, Peter (who Alice is sure is gay) and Zoe (who Alice is sure has an eating disorder) and busy careers, well okay, William's career is busy and Alice's is mostly busy only at the end of the school year. Keeping their busy calenders straight long enough to spend time alone takes a herculean effort. One moment, in a fit of extreme stress Alice decides to take part in a study regarding her marriage and relationship with her husband. To keep the anonymity she is assigned the name of Wife 22 and she has agreed to honestly answer the questions that Researcher 101 presents her. During the process, the questions become extremely personal and the relationship between Wife 22 and Researcher 101 crosses the line into unethical. What will Alice do when she realizes that she has developed feelings for a man that she has not even met? Is she willing to throw away her marriage for Researcher 101?
First let me tell you that I laughed out loud while reading this book. Alice is a funny, witty wife, mother, and friend. Her fears, concerns, and observations are not that different than any other mother's. And I think that may be one of the reasons why I laughed so hard, because the way those fears manifest is really quite hysterical. The book has several Facebook posts, emails, and chat dialogue. And some of those Facebook posts are so funny, because I have seen similar posts show up in my News Feed. Alice is a familiar character, you will recognize yourself and your friends in her thoughts, comments, and mannerisms.
Being a mother and wife is hard. There are ebbs and flows that can, at times, leave a woman feeling discouraged and lost. I can understand that feeling. Alice chose to deal with some of those feelings by participating in this "study" and in the process found what was missing in her marriage. But what happens when Wife 22 meets Researcher 101 will shock you. Bottom line is this, Wife 22 will make for a great Summer read.