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Well Behaved Wives

By: Amy Sue Nathan
Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert,Gail Shalan
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Publisher's Summary

Perfect wives, imperfect lives, and upending the rules of behavior in 1960s America.

Law school graduate and newlywed Ruth Appelbaum is acclimating to life and marriage in a posh Philadelphia neighborhood. She’ll do almost anything to endear herself to her mother-in-law, who’s already signed up Ruth for etiquette lessons conducted by the impeccably accessorized tutor Lillian Diamond. But Ruth brings something fresh to the small circle of housewives—sharp wit, honesty, and an independent streak that won’t be compromised.

Right away Ruth develops a friendship with the shy Carrie Blum. When Carrie divulges a dark and disturbing secret lurking beneath her seemingly perfect life, Ruth invites Lillian and the Diamond Girls of the etiquette school to finally question the status quo.

Together they form an unbreakable bond and stretch well beyond their comfort zones. For once, they’ll challenge what others expect from them, discover what they expect from themselves, and do whatever it takes to protect one of their own—fine manners be damned.

©2022 Amy Nathan Gropper (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Fans of Amy Sue Nathan‘s previous four novels will be delighted with Well Behaved Wives. Nathan introduces us to a group of women who come together in the name of friendship and who each find the courage to stand in their own truth.” (Renee Rosen, USA Today best-selling author of The Social Graces and Park Avenue Summer)

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Excellent writing. SPOILER ALERT: tells an accurate account of what generations of women have experienced. Leaving this book grateful for how far women’s right to a safe life our society has come and how far we still need to go.

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Good Narration keeps story entertaining

I was happy for the lively narration to this story. It brought the different characters to life. I especially enjoyed Ruth’s character(and the narrator’s choice for her steady and grounded voice amongst all the other female voices) I also enjoyed learning more about the 60’s and how women dealt with societies blinders regarding domestic violence

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A great story

I really enjoyed this story and the audios version was great. I would recommend it for sure!

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Fantastic

It is not about good manners, it's about life. I needed to finish the book. I was in their lives.

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  • 11-06-22

Good story, Poor narration.

It's a personal problem. The American southern 'drawl' is not to my taste and doesn't fit well with this audiobook.

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