the archetypal bored housewife novel
Posted July 19, 2008on:
It’s almost a cliche now: woman in a bad marriage has an affair or three and discovers she’s an interesting, sexual being after all before going back to her husband to confront him with everything that was wrong between them. I think Erica Jong’s Fear of Flying was the first, but Judy Blume’s novel Wifey is in the same vein. There’s a post up at Jezebel explicating the novel. I read the book in college and don’t remember it very well, but reading this recap makes me think it was a little deeper than I thought at the time — there’s some interesting stuff about class and race layered on top of the dissatisfied wife stuff. Or, you know, click the link to read more about five-course orgasms. There’s some discussion of same in the comments.