How To Be a Good Wife


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$18.00  $16.74
Picador USA
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4.99 X 8.66 X 0.81 inches | 0.58 pounds
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About the Author

Emma Chapman was born in 1985 and grew up in Manchester, England. She studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a Masters in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. After university, she travelled solo in Scandinavia, where she learned to camp, bathe in fjords, and carry everything she needed. She is currently living in Perth, Western Australia. How To Be a Good Wife is her first novel.


"An accomplished debut from a writer who shows insight and emotional power." --Hilary Mantel, New York Times bestselling author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

"[An] extraordinary book...Chapman has written a brilliant twist." --The New York Times Book Review

"On the surface the book is a highly competent, creepy little chiller, but beneath, like a silent, bolted, and half-dark room, there's a much bigger, equally disconcerting story about the nature of feminine experience." --Hilary Mantel, New York Times-winning author of author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies

"[The] claustrophobic, interior-driven narrative harks back to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's disturbing feminist classic The Yellow Wallpaper, or even Ibsen's A Doll's House." --The Guardian (London)

"[A] chilling debut...Chapman excels at creating tension and suspense." --Publishers Weekly

"How To Be a Good Wife is at once claustrophobic, startling and hauntingly beautiful. It's that amazing, awful kind of book that will stay with you long after you wish it would let you go." --Liza Klaussmann, author of Tigers in Red Weather

"A compelling, twisty tale of deception and distrust. Beautifully written, and very clever." --Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner