21 December 2009 ~ 0 Comments

(Audiobook) The Spare Wife by Alex Witchel


I listened to this one on audiobook and had to go back several times because I found the storyline confusing in places. There’s a lot of people and a lot going on. The reader did a FABULOUS job, but it’s a very “busy” plot. I think this book is just okay. Not only is the storyline confusing and busy, but there really aren’t any likable characters in the whole book. I found myself not really caring about whatever would happen. I suppose that is the point, it’s high society and they are all snooty, but I really didn’t find any redeeming qualities in anyone and that makes it hard for me to really get invested in the story.

This WAS however, a pretty light read, just don’t expect any big payoffs at the end, it just is what it is.


Ponce Morris is a beautiful, rich widow who’s been dubbed “the spare wife” because she’s the perfect companion to the wealthy, powerful couples she socializes with. She’ll go to sports events with the husbands and throw elegant dinner parties and shop with the wives. She’s cool and nonthreatening because the two things everyone knows for sure are that Ponce doesn’t like sex and doesn’t have a romantic bone in her body. Over the years, she has managed other people’s lives – and her own – perfectly. Ponce has everything under control, exactly the way she likes it.

Until . . . Babette Steele, an ambitious aspiring journalist, finds out that Ponce is having an affair with a socially prominent and very married man and decides to break the scandal in a juicy magazine piece. For Ponce’s circle, day-to-day existence quickly becomes a complicated game of social and professional chicken – whoever outsmarts and outmanipulates the other will win.

And there is a lot at stake, not only for Ponce but for her friends, all of whom are in the midst of crises of their own: a philandering novelist who hasn’t been able to write since his breakout Wall Street bestseller, an aging billionaire who can’t seem to resist young women (the younger the better), a legendary news show producer on the decline, an old-time politico looking to rebound from his wife’s death, and an editor at a glitzy magazine that covers the worlds of politics, fashion, and Hollywood. As Ponce’s life threatens to come apart at the seams, the author takes us into a world she knows intimately: a dynamic Manhattan filled with opinionmakers and social fakers.


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