An older man, a writer and professor, becomes fascinated with one of his students at Smith College, and after seeing how well she writes, and that he is attracted to her, never mind that … It explores the role of “the wife” in society and the expectations and pressures that come along with that. Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce as Joan and Joe Castleman in the film version of Meg Wolitzer’s novel “The Wife.” Credit... Graeme Hunter/Sony Pictures Classics The Wife surprised me in a few ways. And, it tackles the conundrum many women face of choosing to harness their talents or devote themselves to their families…or some balance between the two. Our February pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club is Meg Wolitzer’s “The Wife.” Become a member of the book club by joining our … Wolitzer was herself hoping to witness someone important to her collect a trophy: Glenn Close, the star of The Wife, the movie based on Wolitzer’s 2003 novel of the same name. The Wife is yet another Wolitzer winner. Finally, the ending was pure perfection. Meg Wolitzer’s The Wife begins thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean, in the plane that is taking Joan and Joseph Castleman to Helsinki. by Meg Wolitzer ‧ RELEASE DATE: April 14, 2003 Forty-five years of a bad marriage laid out in pat detail, by the author, most recently, of Surrender Dorothy (1999). Written more than 10 years ago, it is still very timely. Now a major motion picture starring Glenn Close in her Golden Globe-winning role!