Wife, The

By Meg Wolitzer

Read by Liza Ross.

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Programme Catalogue - Details:19901019A BOOK AT BEDTIME|Producer: A.|CLIFF|Next in series: JONATHAN SON OF JEREMIAH, Episode 1|Previous in series: THE ENCHANTED MORNING|Description|Second of two short stories by Malachi Whitaker, read by Stephanie Turner.|Subject Categories|readings programmes (programme format)|Broadcast history|19 Oct 1990 22:45-23:00 (RADIO 4)|Contributors|Malachi Whitaker (Author)|Stephanie Turner (rdr)|Recorded on 1989-01-23.
0120041122By Meg Wolitzer|Read by Liza Ross.Just why does a wife, aged 64 and apparently content, suddenly plan to leave her highly successful author-husband of 40 years?
0220041123Joe and Joan journey to Finland, where Joe will be given recognition for his literary endeavours.|But Joan plans to leave him.|Today she recalls Joe's shambling in to teach a group of articulate, educated students.
0320041124Today, the charismatic young Joe Castleman practices his seduction techniques on his most talented student, with predictable results.
0420041125As Joan plans her escape from a loveless union, she looks back at the ties that have bound her.
0520041126Joan finds that life in an artist's garret proves less romantic than she'd hoped.|Now, she must rescue both Joe and herself from a catastrophe of their own making.
0620041129On a plane on her way to Helsinki, Joan decides for certain that she is to leave her husband.
0720041130The arrival of Joe's would-be biographer in Helsinki offers Joan a chance to tell her side of the story.|But where do her loyalties lie?
0820041201The bitterness of betrayals.|As the moment of her departure approaches, Joan recalls the years when Joe was predatory and she was simply acquiescent.|Liza Ross continues the story of a marriage made in the fifties but coming of age in the seventies.
0920041202As the crowds cheer and the Finns raise their glasses, Joe takes centre stage.|Joan is watching from the balcony.
10 LAST20041203For Joan, it is time to speak at last.|But as she announces her decision, Joe has one more surprise for her.