Four Wives

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Macmillan, Feb 19, 2008 - Fiction - 368 pages
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In Wendy Walker's brilliant debut, the lives of four wives and mothers intertwine and collide in a tale of suburban angst among outrageous wealth.   On the outside, it appears as though Love Welsh, Marie Passetti, Gayle Beck and Janie Kirk lead enviable lives, with marriages to handsome, successful men; bright, happy children; and homes right out of Architectural Digest. But in the wealthy suburb of Hunting Ridge, appearances mask a deeper truth: These four wives are anything but perfect. As they try to maintain a façade of bliss, behind closed doors they each face their own crises-infidelity, dissatisfaction, self-doubt. As springtime draws to an end, doors are both opened and closed and the women come face to face with the most difficult and heartbreaking challenge of their lives-to reconcile their innermost desires with the lives that each of them has chosen.    Four Wives shares a peek beyond the perfectly manicured lawns of Hunting Ridge—exposing a world as troubled as it is blessed.
 

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The anxieties of four suburban mothers surface as they plan a benefit for underprivileged women.Janie, who never misses a Pilates class and can drink any number of vanilla lattes with caloric impunity ... Read full review

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Walker's first novel is a treat. It's well written and features great characters, lots of humor, and dead-on analysis of friendship, marriage, and motherhood. Despite the appearance of leading perfect ... Read full review

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Contents

ONE JANIE
1
TWO LOVE
5
THREE GAYLE
11
FOUR MARIE
14
FIVE DREAMS
18
SIX PAUL FROM THE KITCHEN
24
SEVEN THE MEETING
29
EIGHT RANDY THE INTERN
35
THIRTYSEVEN THE PAST
196
THIRTYEIGHT GETTING IN DEEP
200
THIRTYNINE EMPTY ROOMS
205
FORTY THE POWWOW
209
FORTYONE THE KISS
213
FORTYTWO REACHING IN
219
FORTYTHREE PACKING
222
FORTYFOUR DR TED
227

NINE THE MOMMY
42
TEN FAKING IT
48
ELEVEN PINK NAILS AND CEREAL BOXES
53
TWELVE THE WORLD THAT DOESNT SEE
58
THIRTEEN DENIAL
65
FOURTEEN FARRELL V FARRELL
68
FIFTEEN FALLING
74
SIXTEEN THE RESCUE
79
SEVENTEEN THE DOCTOR
82
EIGHTEEN ANIMALS
87
NINTEEN PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY
91
TWENTY YVONNE
97
TWENTYONE BROKEN GLASS
104
TWENTYTWO GOLF
109
TWENTYTHREE THE DIAGNOSIS
114
TWENTYFOUR ROOM 221
120
TWENTYFIVE THE DEPOSITION
125
TWENTYSIX MEDDLING
133
TWENTYSEVEN THE SLOW BURN
139
TWENTYEIGHT THE GIFT
143
TWENTYNINE SECRETS
149
THIRTY THE STEPFORD WIVES
153
THIRTYONE ABOVE THE GARAGE
160
THIRTYTWO NEW AGE SHRINK
167
THIRTYTHREE REJUVENATION
175
THIRTYFOUR TOO MUCH TALKING
181
THIRTYFIVE THE EVOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
187
THIRTYSIX THE REAL MRS KIRK
193
FORTYFIVE VANILLA LATTÉS
232
FORTYSIX THE CONFESSION
238
FORTYSEVEN THE HAIL MARY
243
FORTYEIGHT THE UNEXPECTED CLIENT
246
FORTYNINE THE REUNION
253
FIFTY OTHER DEMONS
261
FIFTYONE BILL JANIE AND GEORGE CLOONEY
267
FIFTYTWO THE SECRETARY
273
FIFTYTHREE THE QUIET HAZE
279
FIFTYFOUR THE SHOWDOWN
281
FIFTYFIVE THE FALLOUT
287
FIFTYSIX COCKTAIL HOUR
293
FIFTYSEVEN THE UNVEILING
298
FIFTYEIGHT PROOF
302
FIFTYNINE DREAMS OF A CHILD
306
SIXTY LEARNING TO WALK
309
SIXTYONE HOME
313
SIXTYTWO PINK SLIPS
317
SIXTYTHREE THE GOODBYE
323
SIXTYFOUR THE RETREAT
328
SIXTYFIVE THE MORNING AFTER
330
SIXTYSIX GOOD FRIENDS AND BAD COFFEE
334
SIXTYSEVEN THE CONVERSATION
337
SIXTYEIGHT LOVE
341
SIXTYNINE MARIE
345
SEVENTY GAYLE
349
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About the author (2008)

Wendy Walker is a former commercial litigator and investment banker who now works at home writing and raising her children. She is the author of Social Lives (coming in August 2009), the editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms, and is currently working on her third novel.

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