Synopsis: Maybe it was those extra five pounds I’d gained. 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. 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.
Review: I picked up Wife 22 because it sounded like a fun read, or in my case, listen. It was an okay read, but not quite as funny as I would have liked. I listened to a great deal of it on a road trip and it wasn't interesting enough to hold my attention. I found myself needing to rewind and re-listen several times. Any time the corn fields and cows of Illinois are more attention grabbing than a book, I'd say something might be wrong with said book. The story line was predictable and reminded me of far too many other books to really stand out.
Listening time: 12 hours, 8 minutes
Published: May 2012
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