Rediscover: The Wife
The film adaptation of Meg Wolitzer's The Wife is earning Oscar buzz. Glenn Close, starring as the titular spouse, won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture--Drama and is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Close plays Joan Castleman, wife of Joseph Castleman (Jonathan Pryce), a famous author on the cusp of receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature (called the Helsinki Prize in the book). The elderly couple fly to Stockholm, where Joan appears distinctly displeased by her husband's award--much to the interest of scandal-hound biographer Nathaniel Bone (Christian Slater). Bone believes Joan has ghostwritten some of her husband's work, though the truth proves far more shocking.
Meg Wolitzer's other novels include Sleepwalking (1982), Hidden Pictures (1986), This Is Your Life (1988), Surrender, Dorothy (1998), The Position (2005), The Ten-Year Nap (2008), The Uncoupling (2011) and The Interestings (2013). She published a YA novel, The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman, in 2011. Her most recent book, The Female Persuasion (2018), is available from Riverhead. A movie tie-in version of The Wife ($16, 9781982106362) is available from Scribner. --Tobias Mutter