MN Smith Club Reads: The Wife

Thursday, October 6 – 7pm
With special guest, author Meg Wolitzer

A novel by Meg Wolitzer which was made into a major film starring Glenn Close (2017).  Meg will discuss the process of writing and of having her novel adapted for the silver screen.  She attended Smith before transferring to Brown University, class of 1981.

The Wife is the story of the long and stormy marriage between a world-famous novelist, Joe Castleman, and his wife Joan, and the secret they’ve kept for decades. The novel opens just as Joe is about to receive a prestigious international award, The Helsinki Prize, to honor his career as one of America’s preeminent novelists. Joan, who has spent forty years subjugating her own literary talents to fan the flames of his career, finally decides to stop.

Important and ambitious, The Wife is a sharp-eyed and compulsively readable story about a woman forced to confront the sacrifices she’s made in order to achieve the life she thought she wanted. “A rollicking, perfectly pitched triumph…Wolitzer’s talent for comedy of manners reaches a heady high” (Los Angeles Times), in this wise and candid look at the choices all men and women make—in marriage, work, and life.

One of bestselling author Meg Wolitzer’s most beloved books—an “acerbically funny” (Entertainment Weekly) and “intelligent…portrait of deception” (The New York Times).

The movie adaptation is available on Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu. We will also arrange a watch party to take place online a couple of weeks before the discussion group. Look for more information in the future. Questions? Book suggestions? Please contact Barbara Klaas at