Monday, April 13, 2009

Book Review ~ The Spare Wife

Ponce Morris is a beautiful, rich widow who’s known as “the spare wife” because she’s the perfect companion to the wealthy, powerful, New York couples in her elite social circle. She throws elegant dinner parties, goes to sports events with the husbands, and shops with the wives. She’s both flawlessly appropriate and coolly nonthreatening—everyone knows Ponce doesn’t have a romantic bone in her body. Over the years, she has managed other people’s lives—and her own—perfectly. Then Babette Seele, an ambitious, aspiring journalist, discovers that Ponce is having an affair with a socially prominent, very married man, and decides to break the scandal, turning Ponce’s carefully calibrated world upside down. Witchel’s sophisticated, witty, sexy satire provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives and loves of upper-class New Yorkers, sharply exposing the foibles of the fabulous. -- Plume

The Spare Wife is the type of book I think of ~ as a Beach Read. This really isn't my type of book. I don't care much for reading about the rich, the way they lead their lives. It seems they are obsessed with how they look, how other people think of them and what their "friends" are doing and downfalls. With that said, this is a book I'd enjoy reading lazing around at the beach or outside in the summer. I actually sat outside on a couple of our nice days and breezed through it.

The book is pretty good, I liked Alex Witchel's writing style. If you like chick lit, reading about the elite, about spouses cheating, etc then you will enjoy this book.

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