When Joanna and Walter move out of the city to Stepford, CT, with their two young kids, they're looking for a change. They're ready for suburban life. But Joanna soon notices that the women in Stepford are not like the women she's always known in the city. The women and their homes are always perfect, and they never do anything but housework. The only time they leave their homes is to go grocery shopping. Joanna finds a couple women who seem to be more "normal," and they decide to try to bring some women's lib to the town. But when the first friend suddenly transforms into a typical Stepford wife, they realize there's something seriously wrong in Stepford.
I picked up The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin as part of the Birth Year Challenge. It was written in 1972, and it's a classic. I'm sure you've heard of it ~ it was made into a movie too. Unfortunately, because I've heard so much about the book, it wasn't nearly as captivating and suspenseful as it would have been had I read it when it was first published. But it was still a thrilling ride, since I didn't know what would happen to Joanna in the end. I really enjoyed this one, and would definitely recommend it if you're looking for a short, easy-to-read thriller.
My Rating: 5/5
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This review was written based on a copy of The Stepford Wives that I borrowed from the library.