stepford wivesIra Levin
Random House
1972

Joanna Eberhart- professional photographer, loving wife and mother of two, and women’s lib enthusiast- just moved into the picturesque town of Stepford, Connecticut from New York City, eager to start a new life with her family. Things couldn’t be any more perfect…until Joanna begins noticing that maybe things are a bit too perfect. Especially with the wives of the men who frequent the town’s Men’s Association club, an organization that her husband joined after moving there…

Those of you who have only heard of The Stepford Wives through the movie- especially that misshapen pile of stinky-doo that was the 2004 version, do yourself a favor and check out the book it was “based” on. At only 145 pages, it clips along at a very tight and coherent pace, and doesn’t bog down with needless twattle. The dialogue is snappy, and (probably the best thing) the obvious themes don’t lead to a soapbox lecture on either side of the issues; it leaves it up to interpretation either way. A nice, tidy neo-Gothic horror that’s a good read. Recommended…