Culture Street

Books

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

On July 19, 2012

By Sophia Whitfield

Alice Buckle is a long standing member of The Mumble Bumbles – a close knit group of friends who have all lost their mothers. They support each other and commiserate about their lack of motherly advice.

Alice Buckle is 44; teetering on the edge of her 45th birthday, the same age her mother was when she died.  It is her tipping-point year. The Mumble Bumbles are concerned about her, but she assures the group that all is well. Then everything goes terribly wrong.

Her husband, William, loses his job and she discovers his fall from grace has been embarrassingly public. William refuses to talk about the loss of his job and Alice feels frustrated with life. Currently working as an elementary drama teacher, Alice is a frustrated playwright. She is deeply concerned about both her adolescent children, she thinks her son is gay and her daughter has an eating disorder.

After her husband informs her that her life is ‘small’, Alice proceeds to Google search her name with no results.  With no escape from real life she decides to take part in an anonymous survey, ‘Marriage in the 21st Century’ from the Netherfield Centre for the Study of Mental Happiness. She is given the pseudonym ‘Wife 22’ and is assigned an anonymous caseworker ‘Researcher 101’. Alice soon finds herself embroiled in an online romance.

Gideon describes with insight middle age, the addiction to Facebook and the allure of an online community. She highlights the way we can become consumed by our virtual lives, forgetting the first and basic means of communication. Wife 22 is full of Google searches,  Facebook updates, chat logs and email messages.

There is a good deal to love about this book. The constant switch between real and virtual dialogue keeps the book running along apace. Wife 22 is a tender and comic book, cleverly executed.

BUY THE BOOK

You Might Also Like

Books

The Beautiful Dead by Belinda Bauer

Belinda Bauer’s latest novel is a powerful chilling read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

On November 25, 2016

Books

Spotlight on Crime: Wrongful Death by Lynda La Plante

By Eva Meland

On October 28, 2013

Books

J.K. Rowling has two new books coming out

J.K. Rowling has just made our year. When responding to a fan on Twitter she confessed that she is writing two books, one under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The novels...

On December 23, 2016
 

Books

Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters on Netflix

Netflix has announced that the TV adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s bestselling The Mortal Instruments series will be released on January 13.

On December 29, 2015

Books

Popular Irish author Maeve Binchy has died, aged 72

Irish author and columnist Maeve Binchy died last night after a short illness. She was best known for her humorous Irish characters. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle was...

On July 30, 2012

Books

The Murder Bag by Tony Parsons

By Sophia Whitfield

On May 12, 2014
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2019 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au