The Everygirl Book Club: Wife 22 // week one

We are so excited that the Random House Reader’s Circle for The Everygirl is officially one week underway! Over 90 of you have said you will be joining us in reading Melanie Gideon’s Wife 22, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have all of you on board!

We’ve posited some questions below, but feel free to throw your own thoughts, questions, and opinions out there. And remember that our commenting programming allows you to reply directly to one another’s comments and get e-mail alerts when new comments are posted, allowing everyone to engage in conversation. That way time zone and location is not a concern, and the conversation can continue all week!

*Please note: if you read ahead, be sure not to address anything that happens after page 96. We are so happy many of you already finished the book, but we don’t want to spoil anything!

Discussion Questions:
How did you feel when William told Alice at the party that she had a “smaller life?” (p 11).

What do you think is the significance behind Alice’s age in correlation with her mother’s death? How do you think this will affect Alice’s character?

What are your initial reactions to Alice’s participation in the relationship survey? Would you participate if offered the chance?

Do you connect with Alice’s answers to the survey questions? Are there any that made you laugh out loud, made you feel sad, or made you feel like you could relate?

Do you think Alice crossed any lines by calling Kelly behind William’s back or by watching the video? What would you have done had you been in her position? How would you react if you found out your significant other shared such intimate, personal information with a group of strangers (and co-workers)?

Researcher 101 and Wife 22 (Alice) e-mail back and forth a lot. How do you think this communication will develop throughout the book? Have you paid attention to the time stamps/dates/subject lines of the e-mails? What do you think it means when they sometimes respond to each other right away – almost as a chat – versus the delayed responses?

What are your reactions after reading the first 96 pages of the book?

Week 2 Assignment:
Read up to page 195 for next week’s discussion! Come back on Monday, July 16 where we’ll post questions and discuss.

Join Us at the End of the Month:
The last week of July we’ll host a formal book club webcast meeting! The live chat conference will include a video feed with the author, Melanie Gideon, Everygirl editors, and a Random House representative, as well as live video questions from readers!

It’s not too late to join in! Grab a copy of Wife 22 and join us next week as we continue discussing the book!