The Wife

By Meg Wolitzer

Read by Liza Ross.

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Programme Catalogue - Details:19901019

A 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.

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By 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?

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Joe 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.

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Today, the charismatic young Joe Castleman practices his seduction techniques on his most talented student, with predictable results.

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As Joan plans her escape from a loveless union, she looks back at the ties that have bound her.

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Joan 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.

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On a plane on her way to Helsinki, Joan decides for certain that she is to leave her husband.

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The 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?

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The 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.

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As the crowds cheer and the Finns raise their glasses, Joe takes centre stage.

Joan is watching from the balcony.

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For Joan, it is time to speak at last.

But as she announces her decision, Joe has one more surprise for her.