Gideon also displays an amazing understanding of people and their instinctual behavior whether they're 12 or 40, male or female as shown through a fascinating cast of characters. Peter, Alice's son, for example, is great character. He is sweet, funny, silly and a little quirky. Clearly he is his mother’s son and as such, loves and understands his mom very well. Zoe, on the other hand seems very true to life as she's instantly recognizable by any parent of a teenager: a girl who needs her privacy and is almost perpetually crabby. They, like many of the other characters creatted by Gideon round out this book and make the terrific reading experience it is.
I read this book last month thanks to Andrea at Great Thoughts and meant to review it much sooner, following a great Twitter book club meeting attended by Melanie Gideon, who added some great thoughts and ideas to our discussion. But, as tends to happen, life got in the way and illness and health problems have prevented me from blogging regularly (but not from reading, haha!). Something I suspect Alice would understand or, at least, sympathize with my inability to get on-line! But Wife 22 stayed with me all this time. I found it easy to recall the story and Alice, her family and friends because the story is so relatable and current. I highly recommend this book to all anyone who enjoys great books about real characters and, especially women whether you're a mother, daughter, friend or all three. Oh, and when you read this book, I expect you'll never think of a Hostess snack cake quite the same way ever again!