- Tapa dura: 285 páginas
- Editor: Alfred a Knopf; Edición: 1 (1 de febrero de 2008)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 140004149X
- ISBN-13: 978-1400041497
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The Spare Wife (Inglés) Tapa dura – feb 2008
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Alex Witchels first novel, Me Times Three, was praised by Joan Didion as an irresistible dissection of love in the city. Now Witchel returns with a sophisticated, witty, sexy story that exposes the world of upper-class New Yorkers and the media that perpetuate their myth.
Ponce Morris is a beautiful, rich widow whos been dubbed the spare wife because shes the perfect companion to the wealthy, powerful couples she socializes with. Shell go to sports events with the husbands and throw elegant dinner parties and shop with the wives. Shes cool and nonthreatening because the two things everyone knows for sure are that Ponce doesnt like sex and doesnt have a romantic bone in her body. Over the years, she has managed other peoples livesand her ownperfectly. Ponce has everything under control, exactly the way she likes it.
Until . . . Babette Steele, an ambitious aspiring journalist, finds out that Ponce is having an affair with a socially prominent and very married man and decides to break the scandal in a juicy magazine piece. For Ponces circle, day-to-day existence quickly becomes a complicated game of social and professional chickenwhoever outsmarts and outmanipulates the other will win. And there is a lot at stake, not only for Ponce but for her friends, all of whom are in the midst of crises of their own: a philandering novelist who hasnt been able to write since his breakout Wall Street best seller, an aging billionaire who cant seem to resist young women (the younger the better), a legendary news show producer on the decline, a big-name political journalist looking to rebound from his wifes death, and an editor at a glitzy magazine that covers the worlds of politics, fashion, and Hollywood. As Ponces life threatens to come apart at the seams, the author takes us into a world she knows intimately: a dynamic Manhattan filled with opinion makers and social fakers.
This is a vibrant, trenchant novel about ambition, love, friendship, and the intoxicating allure of getting ahead . . . and trying to stay there.
Biografía del autor
Alex Witchel is a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and also writes Feed Me, a monthly column for the Timess Dining section. She is the author of Girls Only: Sleepovers, Squabbles, Tuna Fish and Other Facts of Family Life and the novel Me Times Three. She lives in New York City with her husband, Frank Rich.
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Babette, an assistant editor, with huge ambition and few scruples knows the secret. She is willing to play all of her cards. She wants the money and the status that Ponce has, and she doesn't want to wait.
I enjoy a book set in a world of wealth and power. Every once in a while it is fun to have a luxurious setting for my reading. I agree with Didion and believe that Witchel does a nice job on casting a fresher eye on an admittedly time worn plot. Witchel gives us some finely turned character development, and I am a fan of her writing. Ponce and Babette are portrayed at a multidimensional level that I wouldn't have predicted given the plot line. The book was fun and good company on a winter day.
This formula is familiar and would have worked a whole lot better for me in this book if author Alex Witchel had given the story a much sharper edge. But this isn't "Bonfire of the Vanities" with its whipsaw extremes of character and behavior and nasty consequences. In "The Spare Wife," the characters seem pushed toward the mushy center of behavior and the concept of "fierceness" is not present. Even the author's heroine, Ponce, who is presented as the paragon of independent spirit and unfailing kindness through most of the story, becomes less unique and kind in her theoretical triumph in one of the last chapters of the book. At the other end of the character spectrum, the story's villainess--young, beautiful and sneaky, Babette, is punished in the end by "having" to marry a handsome, megarich "older" man. This is punishment that is hard to see as justice.
Author Witchel is a decent writer and delivers some witty zingers in the book's dialogue, but on the whole, "The Spare Wife" is froth without the guilty pleasure of whipped cream, from beginning to end.
I could have happily continued to read for another couple of hundred pages.
The work of this hugely gifted writer is highly recommended.
But even with a couple redeeming qualities, it's still mainly a waste of time.