Monday, June 04, 2012

WIFE 22 by Melanie Gideon

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You have won Wife 22
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For Wife 22, the trailer and then this short excerpt speaks volumes. You’ll crave this book like the finest dark chocolate! And just like dark chocolate, you’ll want to DEVOUR IT!


About Wife 22
Maybe it was the five pounds I’d gained that I couldn’t seem to lose. Maybe it was because I was about to turn the same age my mother was when I lost her. Maybe it was because after almost twenty years of marriage my husband and I seemed to be running out of things to say to each other.
But when the anonymous online study called “Marriage in the 21st Century” showed up in my inbox, I had no idea how profoundly it would change my life. It wasn’t long before I was assigned both a pseudonym (Wife 22) and a caseworker (Researcher 101).

And, just like that, I found myself answering questions.

7. Sometimes I tell him he’s snoring when he’s not snoring so he’ll sleep in the guest room and I can have the bed all to myself.

61. Chet Baker on the tape player. He was cutting peppers for the salad. I looked at those hands and thought, I am going to have this man’s children.

67. To not want what you don’t have. What you can’t have. What you shouldn’t have.

32. That if we weren’t careful, it was possible to forget one another.

Before the study, my life was an endless blur of school lunches and doctor’s appointments, family dinners, budgets, and trying to discern the fastest-moving line at the grocery store. I was Alice Buckle: spouse of William and mother to Zoe and Peter, drama teacher and Facebook chatter, downloader of memories and Googler of solutions.

But these days, I’m also Wife 22. And somehow, my anonymous correspondence with Researcher 101 has taken an unexpectedly personal turn. Soon, I’ll have to make a decision—one that will affect my family, my marriage, my whole life. But at the moment, I’m too busy answering questions.

As it turns out, confession can be a very powerful aphrodisiac.

To enter to win Wife 22, tell me something that bores you – it can be about yourself, or something else. Here’s something that bores me – when parents go on and on about something I don’t care about – like how they are researching the best colleges for their kids, or how they are making their kids study for the SATs… helloooo… was there even such a thing as studying for SATs when WE took SATs (and I guess I’m talking to MY age group here, not you young ones out there who read this blog who probably DID study for the SATs. Also boring to me, people who go on and on about how much they love… OK, I’m going to stop here because I don’t want to offend some of my readers! I love you ALL! Tell me what is absolutely BORING TO YOU! What makes you cry tears of boredom!

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94 comments:

jdstec said...

As badly as I hate to, I have to say when my husband talks about his work.

Juliet Farmer said...

investment talk bores me---401ks, portfoliols, etc. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Carly said...

Most talk about household projects bores me. New kitchen and you're picking out the counter tops, exciting.

Carly H

Krystal said...

When I'm not interested in something my husband is talking about, he thinks it's because I don't understand. He'll go into deep details and explain on and on trying to make it all the more interesting to me when, in fact, he's making it worse!
kndyer

Jonita said...

My hubby will sometimes go on and on about a subject that I have zero interest in (ie. lawnmowers and their various features) and that bores me to tears! I figure that I don't tell him all about the books that I'm reading, so awhy do I have to listen??

Jonita

Emma S. said...

My job.

Kristin from Louisville said...

People who go on and on and on about their personal drama but don't do anything to change their situation. They just want sympathy.

Mary Jo Burke said...

Since its summer vacation, my kids will watch their favorite shows. All day and night. And then talk about them, over and over.

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I work in an academic library and when talk turns to either government documents or copyright, my brain shuts down ~ sorry, not interested, at all!

TinaPow said...

My husband talking about workout supplements...SNORE

Margaret said...

My hubby loves fishing yeah not my thing!

Margaret(Literary Chanteuse)

Megan said...

What bores me the most is when I have to go to a meeting for investments, etc...blech.
eloisepeaches

Melissa said...

My husband talking about science or military things. And then I just looked at the comments and they're all about husbands! We're so bad :)

-tmd636

Mom'sLove said...

Cartoons. Boring.. Can't stand it. ugh..
Amanda at
byacourt at g mail dot com

Kimberly Pearlman said...

I'm bored by BMX crap. And of course that's what interests my boyfriend most. LOL

Joelle said...

web surfing bores me. seriously!!! i have about 5 sites I visit daily and once I visit them I am bored. lol. I need to expand my surfing. :P

EKB said...

my husbands fantasy sports drafts ...snore.

Crystal said...

Monday morning meetings. shh! LOL

crystal717

Lindsay said...

When people give far too much detail in their storytelling

Anonymous said...

I'm finding work boring lately. JillFay.

canative said...

Having to sit down to pay bills. Its boring and it sucks

Nicole

Tiffany Drew said...

I have to say when my husband tries talking to me about planets and stars and space and blah blah blah!!! :)

Emily said...

Football.

Emily116

absolutahnie said...

anything that my boss has to say.

Ally said...

Listening to anyone talk about scrap booking.

Lizett34 said...

I get bored when people tell the same story over and over again!

Jeffie T said...

Monty Python

Denise said...

most of the subjects I had to learn in law school...

-Denise F.

keltban said...

Fantasy Football talk. My husband and his group of friends are always bringing it up. It's a year long talk and usually after 5 minutes I am bored!!!

Katie said...

My husband talking about his motorcycle. I get so bored!!

Kimmi said...

My boyfriend's endless commentary on cars. Endless. And boring.

Mumma23qts said...

Seriously, peoples' facebook status that depict the latest food item consumed or drink they drank along with a picture. Whatever! And, I don't really care that you've put the kids to bed and can now have a glass of wine all the while musing how great life is...so, I guess facebook is boring (except for you, Steph).

Corgi Lover said...

Commercials on tv. Thank goodness for dvr's!

Ready To Be A Momma said...

I am bored to death when anyone talks about home improvement projects.
qweska8402

Leslie said...

People that complain about their situation but don't make any changes. For example, a family member who talks about being broke, but doesn't actually look for a job!?!

Luvschocolate said...

People that complain about their health and go on and on and on

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Anything regarding my mother in law bores me!

Kristi said...

My husband is an engineer and huge car guy. I've learned to NOT ask about how something works because it's literally impossible for him to give me a basic/generic explanation. Instead, he gets down to the nitty gritty and my mind automatically shuts off. I love him, though, and never cut him off. Although, I still don't really understand anything about cars!

aggiekristi04

Erin G said...

Anything my in-laws say bores me... that's not very nice is it?

your invisible pixie said...

politics and/or real estate are super boring to me

Beckki**** said...

Political talk .. . snooze

faithspage said...

ESPN bores me to tears!!! Real sobbing gut wrenching tears.
Ok
Just the 'news/talk/yacking' shows. I want to smack them in the head.

Jessica said...

Lots of things bore me! haha Politics really bores me! I cannot listen to talk about it!

Thanks!
-Jessica M
walkingcorpse11@hotmail.com

TaraUB said...

I don't have kids. I don't want kids. I don't want to hear stories all day long at work about what your kids had for breakfast. That really happened.

Margie said...

Slow moving, artsy movies bore me.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Margie T

Jen said...

The step by step excruciating process for my coworker to come to a decision about ANYTHING. What to cook for thanksgiving, what kind of car to buy next, what colour to paint his den....ugh!! And it takes him *months* to finally decide anything, so I hear about it for months!!

-Jen
jenknee1976@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

I find going to the park boring. I last an hour with my kids. I really don't get how some moms can sit there for hours. Mel Rem

lucy0872 said...

Hate to say it, but when my husband talks about work in detail. He's in health insurance and has been for so long, that he often talks in shorthand phrases and I have no idea what he is talking about. I try to pay attention buy often find my mind wandering...

Kristi said...

I'm bored with listening to my best friend and her husband complain about their kids. They are 19 and 20. Seriously, if they suck that bad then make them move out, but shut up about it already.

Sslinsky said...

I'm bored listening to people whine about how horrible their lives are. Fix it!!

Sarah

Betsy said...

I'm bored by people who talk too much and don't converse!

betsy_blixt said...

It bores me when my sister calls me and then doesn't talk. She is calling for me to entertain her. If I had something interesting to say I would call her. It's her way of taking a break from the kids but it bores me so!

Bridget O'Neill said...

I hate to say it, but it bores me when my husband talks about his job. Mostly because I have NO idea what he's talking about!

bjoneill@hotmail.com

Kristin said...

I get bored listening to other people's drama. Some friends seem to seek out drama then want to tell me all about it. No thanks.

Kim W. said...

What bores me is when people go on and on and on about a topic I have little interest in -- which would totally be okay if it was just a brief talk, but those people that say the same thing 5 or 6 different ways so the conversation stretches out until I want to stab myself in the eye with a fork. Ugh!

Kristen said...

Election coverage. Does this make me a bad American?

Kristen27

TinaB said...

I get bored when people go on and on and on about perfect their lives are...kids, spouses, jobs, homes, etc...This happens A LOT on Facebook! Ugh!!
Brannanflooring@aol.com

ludy2288 said...

Love Love Love my boyfriend, but I completely zone out when he talks accounting...our budget spreadsheet he made me is even titled 'budget blahhhhhh'

slm8803 said...

Stupid drama...ugh I hate when people go on and on about their dramatic lives...then walk away. Umm...hello...did you want to know how I was today?

Marla W. said...

history...history is boring to me...

Carie Casey said...

The show "Walking Dead". My husband loves it and he makes me watch it. I just think a show about zombies should have a little more action.

Carie

Dani In Chicago said...

Boring: golf. when people add in too much detail when they're telling a story (ie, a lot of irrelevant information). People who talk too much about their kids. Church. Long lectures. Condo board meetings. People who talk about their jobs when i dont understand what they do.

Bev V said...

Marathons of the same TV shows.

Bev V said...

Endless marathons of the same show, like Top Chef or Fashion Runway.

Bev V. (shaggy552@gmail.com)

equinn726 said...

Reality TV show contests such as American Idol, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance, etc... I think the genre is extremely played out and boring. Give me a good book over reality TV (or most any TV for that matter) any day!

Anonymous said...

All things finance immediately make me drift offfffff.....

Colbey J

A.C. said...

Scrapbooking or any other crafting projects. Ugh.

susieqlaw said...

susieqlaw

Watching curling matches.

Carol5814 said...

Anything regarding finances and pages of paperwork.

Kayo said...

When a coworker jumps into the conversation, and we hear story after story, and they weren't even in the initial conversation.

BRN2SHOP9 said...

sitting and doing absolutely nothing is boring. I have to be doing something at all times

brn2shop9 at gmail dot com

daisy d said...

I am bored by reality shows, all of them

Alice said...

i hate hearing about other people's jobs. unless they are in the entertainment industry. then i am all ears.

Sherry said...

Statistics I really do not care....

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

when my co worker goes on and on about her husband when in reality no one cares...

Bridget said...

When someone goes into great detail to discribe a story, movie or whatever. Just get to the point.

iambtinrb

Anne said...

I too hate when my husband describes what he's doing at work. It's all computery, and my computer knowledge is limited to the internet. Boring!!

Anne Sedore

Nanette said...

Politics. OMG...please don't get me started on how much I HATE talking about political $&*#. :)

Nan

BrendaL71 said...

I guess it has to be when I make the mistake of asking people what they do and depending on their response I auto ask what exactly do you do and they start to talk and they lose me.

Shellybelly43066 said...

My husband is a painter, his stories are painfully boring

Melissa said...

meetings at work where they talk about financial stuff.

melissa a from clc

Kelleyc said...

When people go on and on and on about their drama, or their kids drama, their work drama, etc.... I try to stay drama free, so please stop!! Like someone else said, I truly want to stab my eyes out with a fork!! Lol

Books & Reviews said...

"Reality" TV shows.....Zzzz..

DaphneSFL said...

Parents who talk of nothing other than their kids. I don't find it remotely interesting that Suzie is reading above her grade level, or that Timmy is a whiz at coloring. I feel the same way about people who don't talk about anything but their pets. I have dogs, not having children, but don't want to hear incessantly about how cute it is when fido barks out of the window at birds.

robynn78/robin.krzyzak@yahoo.com said...

Hmmm, I just can't pin point one, but lately talking to anyone on the phone even for a minute bores me..

buttah said...

Lately my job has been boring me to tears. Also reruns of tv shows bore me too.

Terri said...

People who talk constantly about their diets or exercise regimen. Go ahead share the basics, then move on to another topic, please???

Terri M.

Anonymous said...

Any story about someone's home reonovations and how much they cost. I tend to block out people when they start throwing around money talk. jennyb75

Anonymous said...

I tend to tune out when people start talking about how much money they are spending. jennyb75

EBrowning said...

sports talk bores me...especially if it's a sport I know nothing about, like golf or football.

Amy said...

When my husband goes on and on about a recent Chess game

Christina said...

POLITICS. Ugh.

ChristinaL

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France said...

I felt Wife 22 was a quick read and not terribly memorable or resonating. I put off writing my review for a while because I couldn't put my finger on what bothered me about it. It's this: it's both cliched and trendy, which sounds strange, but the combination of using email, Facebook, texting and so on - to tell the story, and the rather old-fashioned device of the mid-life crisis, is why it didn't work that well for me. One problem with being trendy is that soon there is something else that takes its place. Topical humor or satire, for example, doesn't seem very fresh a year down the road. I don't think books like this one will have lasting appeal. Granted, this is sort of a pet peeve of mine and other readers won't feel the same, which is fine.