“Joan, is a gifted writer and impressionable Smith College student. Joe Castleman adored by all the young co-eds, is her Lit professor. He recognizes Joan's talent, and singles her out.They have an affair, although he is already married, with a newborn. She decides to flee with Joe to Greenwich village when their tyrst is exposed, and they have a loving and idealistic bohemian life, at first. Joan soon discovers, to her dismay, just how uninspired Joe's writing is and decides she must support him. Because she was discouraged early on by the lack of women role models in the male dominated literary world of the 50's , she lacks the confidence to compete with the men who have all the power, Joan helps Joe succeed with his first novel, by going to work at a publishing house and submitting his finished manuscript. She tells herself she will have her chance after his career is set. Of course she never gets that chance and settles into married life with three children, happily devoting herself to them and Joe and his rising career. She follows him, and his whims, for years and It is not until the children are grown that she begins to allow the jealousy and bitterness she feels rise to surface. habitually sidelined as "The Wife" Joan feels uncomfortable, unappreciated and unfullfilled , forced to stoicly watch her openly filandering husband get all the attention, respect and admiration year after year. Both Joe and Joan are willing partners in this deception,and each harbors resentment but continues to cling to the other as if by habit, long after the relationship has soured. Although I suspected from the beginning of the book that Joan was the actual author I enjoyed the unfolding of events leading up to the eventual revelation. I felt much empathy for Joan and exasperation with her predicament, rooting for her to finally get the recognition she denies herself.”
REGRMBKS wrote this review Thursday, April 4, 2013.