The Everygirl Book Club: Wife 22 // week three

  • Copy by: Clarissa Fidler

It’s already the third week of the Random House Reader’s Circle for The Everygirl! Can you believe July is almost over? We’re nearing the end of Melanie Gideon’s Wife 22, so there’s plenty to discuss about Alice’s relationships with Research 101 and with her family and friends.

We’ve posted some questions below, but feel free to offer your own thoughts, questions, and opinions. 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 294 (Chapter 84). We are so happy many of you already finished the book, but we don’t want to spoil the ending!

Discussion Questions:
How did you feel when Researcher 101 told Alice on Facebook chat to continue “crossing [his] line?” (p 209). What about when he tells her that he can’t stop thinking about her? (p. 238). 

We all agree Alice has an addiction to social networking. How do you think Alice’s relationships with William and Researcher 101 would be effected if she were to decrease her use of social networking?

On their twentieth wedding anniversary, William sleeps on the couch. What do you think about the lack of physical affection between Alice and William? 

How did you feel when Alice receives the event invitation from Researcher 101? And then when he stands her up at Tea & Circumstances? Should she have even gone? 

Why does Alice decide to show her conversations with Researcher 101 to both Nedra and Bunny? Should she have kept them a secret?

How do you feel when Alice finally lets go, crying into Bunny’s arms?

What are your reactions after reading the first 294 pages of the book?

Week 4 Assignment:
If you haven’t already, it’s time to finish Wife 22! Read up to page 369 (Chapter 101). For additional insight, be sure to check out the Epilogue (pages 371-374) and Appendix–The Questionnaire (pages 375-380).

Join us for the First Formal Webcast Meeting:
Come back next week for the first 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 for the webcast meeting!