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The Spare Wife

(2008)
A novel by

 
 
Alex Witchel's first novel, Me Times Three, was praised by Joan Didion as “an irresistible dissection of love in the city.” Now Witchel returns with a sophisticated, witty, sexy story that exposes the world of upper-class New Yorkers and the media that perpetuate their myth.

Ponce Morris is a beautiful, rich widow who's been dubbed “the spare wife” because she's the perfect companion to the wealthy, powerful couples she socializes with. She'll go to sports events with the husbands and throw elegant dinner parties and shop with the wives. She's cool and nonthreatening because the two things everyone knows for sure are that Ponce doesn't like sex and doesn't have a romantic bone in her body. Over the years, she has managed other people's lives—and her own—perfectly. Ponce has everything under control, exactly the way she likes it.

Until . . . Babette Steele, an ambitious aspiring journalist, finds out that Ponce is having an affair with a socially prominent and very married man and decides to break the scandal in a juicy magazine piece. For Ponce's circle, day-to-day existence quickly becomes a complicated game of social and professional chicken—whoever outsmarts and outmanipulates the other will win. And there is a lot at stake, not only for Ponce but for her friends, all of whom are in the midst of crises of their own: a philandering novelist who hasn't been able to write since his breakout Wall Street best seller, an aging billionaire who can't seem to resist young women (the younger the better), a legendary news show producer on the decline, an old-time politico looking to rebound from his wife's death, and an editor at a glitzy magazine that covers the worlds of politics, fashion, and Hollywood. As Ponce's life threatens to come apart at the seams, the author takes us into a world she knows intimately: a dynamic Manhattan filled with opinion makers and social fakers.

This is a vibrant, trenchant novel about ambition, love, friendship, and the intoxicating allure of getting ahead . . . and trying to stay there.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

February 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Spare Wife: A novel
Author(s): Alex Witchel
ISBN: 1-4000-4149-X / 978-1-4000-4149-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

January 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Spare Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Alex Witchel
ISBN: 0-452-29530-0 / 978-0-452-29530-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Spare Wife, The
Author(s): Alex Witchel
ISBN: 1-5012-8701-X / 978-1-5012-8701-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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June 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Spare Wife
Author(s): Alex Witchel
ISBN: 1-5012-7182-2 / 978-1-5012-7182-3 (USA edition)
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February 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Spare Wife
Author(s): Alex Witchel
ISBN: 1-4233-4292-5 / 978-1-4233-4292-2 (USA edition)
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May 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Spare Wife
Author(s): Alex Witchel
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May 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Spare Wife
Author(s): Alex Witchel
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Spare Wife
Author(s): Alex Witchel
ISBN: 1-4233-4293-3 / 978-1-4233-4293-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2008 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Spare Wife
Author(s): Alex Witchel
ISBN: 1-4233-4294-1 / 978-1-4233-4294-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Spare Wife
Author(s): Alex Witchel
ISBN: 1-4233-4290-9 / 978-1-4233-4290-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Spare Wife
Author(s): Alex Witchel
ISBN: 1-4233-4291-7 / 978-1-4233-4291-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

February 2008 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Spare Wife
Author(s): Alex Witchel
Publisher: Knopf
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