Wife 22 - Melanie Gideon

Wife 22

By Melanie Gideon

  • Release Date: 2012-05-29
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
4 Score: 4 (From 203 Ratings)


“A skillful blend of pop-culture references, acidic humor, and emotional moments. It will take its rightful place . . . alongside Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, Anna Maxted’s Getting Over It, and Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It.”—Library Journal (starred review)

Alice has been married to her husband, William, for twenty years.  Though she can still remember the first time they met like it was yesterday, these days she finds herself posting things on Facebook that she used to confide to him. So when she’s invited to participate in an anonymous online survey on marriage and love, she finds that all her longings come pouring out as she dutifully answers questions under the name “Wife 22.”

Evaluating her responses is “Researcher 101,” who seems to listen to her in a way that William hasn’t in a very long time, and before she knows it, she finds herself trying hard not to e-flirt with him. Meanwhile, her elderly father is chatting on Facebook, her fifteen-year-old daughter is tweeting, and everything in her life is turning upside down.

Wife 22 is a hilariously funny, profoundly moving, and deeply perceptive novel about the ways we live and love in this technological age, from a dazzling new voice in fiction.

“An LOL Instagram about love in a wired world.”—People
“Vibrant, au courant, and hilarious . . . brilliant!”—Adriana Trigiani

BONUS: This edition includes a Wife 22 discussion guide.


  • Loved

    By Cindymtx
    I loved this book. It shows what marriage is really like.
  • Should have been better

    By EireCA
    The book started well and was funny to begin with. It dragged on and on until I ended up skipping pages to find out what Finally happened. Could have been shorter and a fun read. Pity.
  • Loved it!

    By Meeeee69302
    Great book. Quick read. It fits perfectly into today's modern digital society!! Couldn't put it down.
  • Neat concept, could have been done better

    By Pevbles
    I liked this book because the story was something different. However, I wish I had realized that the questions she is answering for the Marriage Questionnare throughout the story, are actually in the back of the book. It would have made the book much more interesting if the question and answer had been together. So, I do recommend the book, but I would refer to the last chapter as you go.
  • A cute read but not much more

    By My dog
    A fun read, cute idea, but the writing is not great. Not engaging enough but good chick lit
  • Twist

    By cindy guglielmo
    Every time I put my book down, I could not wait to read more. Well done !
  • Enjoyable read

    By CalifDude
    Charming, enjoyable read. I like how the book incorporates modern technology into the storytelling. As a reader, you occasionally get to browse the main character's Facebook posts, Google searches, and instant messages. The overall story is about a woman in her 40's exploring her marriage and family, while living in the San Francisco bay area.
  • Great read!!!

    By Blhessedwun
    This was a great story about love, life, marriage, and how small things can turn into big interferences that can block growth and communication in a relationship. I loved the twist at the end.
  • Easy perfect summer read

    By Newuser3223357
    Enjoyed this read. Perfect for summer reading. Thought provoking in regards to own marriage and how life gets in the way. Enjoyed this book
  • Real, inspiring!

    By iTaalk
    What a fantastic read. Loved the character development, and the inspiring story. Not your typical love story...but so so real. Hope you enjoy this as much as I, makes me want to live more in the now.