The First Wives Club

The First Wives Club

Book - 2008
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Elise, Brenda, and Annie have one thing in common: they were all first wives. Make that two things in common -- they were the secret to success for each of their spouses, faithfully supporting them as they rose to the top. Okay, three things: they were each abandoned for younger, blonder, sleeker women, "trophy wives" for their exes to sport about town. It may not be on the menu at New York's finer restaurants, but revenge is a dish best served cold -- and while lunching at Le Cirque, the ladies decide the time for self-pity is over: now it's time to get even.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2008.
Edition: 1st Pocket Books trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781416562832
Characteristics: xi, 557 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 31, 2017

This is one of those rare instances in which I think my review may be clouded by having seen the movie adaptation first, with the book falling short in comparison. The husbands in the book were pure evil and the wives' revenge wasn't noble, although Goldsmith does her best to make it seem so. Her brief online biography and a subsequent posthumous New York Metro article explains her motivation.

I thought the character development was a little ragged and the plot was too contrived. Also, I love the use of dialects, but I don't like the need to phonetically insinuate a foreign accent, especially when it's done badly. If she had applied it to a more major character, I wouldn't have finished the book. I have to give it only 2 stars with one of those due to the screenwriters for being able to dig a good story out of a sordid mess.


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