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The Stepford Wives

The Stepford Wives (Paperback)

The Stepford Wives (Paperback)

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All the beautiful people live in the idyllic village of Stepford, Connecticut, an affluent suburban Eden populated with successful, satisfied hubbys and their beautiful, dutiful wives. For Joanna Eberhart, a recent arrival with her husband and two children, it all seems too perfect to be true -- from the sweet, accommodating Welcome Wagon lady to all those cheerful, friendly faces in the supermarket checkout lines. But just beneath the town's flawless surface, something is sordid and w...

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A satirical thriller novel by Ira Levin. The story concerns Joanna Eberhart, a photographer and young mother who begins to suspect that the frighteningly submissive hou.. More details A satirical thriller novel by Ira Levin.
The story concerns Joanna Eberhart, a photographer and young mother who begins to suspect that the frighteningly submissive housewives in her new idyllic Connecticut neighborhood may be robots created by their husbands.
Joanna Eberhart moves into a town of Connecticut – Stepford, with her husband and children, eager to start a new life. But it’s not long before she notices the weird disturbing behavior of the zombie-like Stepford wives, especially when she sees her once independent-minded friends — fellow new arrivals to Stepford — turn into mindless, docile housewives overnight. Her husband, who seems to be spending more and more time at the local men's club, mocks her fears.
Joanna is convinced that something is not quite right, about the wives of Stepford who resemble androids (actually manufactured in secret at the men’s club), and does her bit of digging around. She visits the library and reads up on the pasts of Stepford's husbands and wives, finding out that some of the women were once very successful, while some of the men were brilliant engineers and scientists, capable of creating such life-like robots.
Joanna attempts to flee but the men find her and try to convince her that she's mistaken. They take her to her former best friend Bobbie Markowitz, telling her that Bobbie will cut herself and bleed, proving herself to be human. Joanna enters the house to hear loud rock and roll playing upstairs and sees Bobbie taking a large knife, and realizes that the men told Bobbie to kill her and use the music to cover her screams.
The climax of the novel depicts that one of the men standing outside the house makes a call to Joanna’s husband to let him know where she is.
In the story's epilogue, Joanna has become another Stepford wife gliding through the local supermarket, while Ruthanne (a new resident in Stepford) appears poised to become the conspiracy's next victim.

A very gripping tale. Touching and captivating. The pace and the flow of the narration make it impossible to keep the book down. A Must Read!
Trivia: The label "Stepford wife" has been picked up to denote a woman who seems to conform blindly to an old-fashioned subservient role in relationship to her husband, compared to other, presumably more independent women. It is also used to criticize any person, male or female, who submits meekly to authority and/or abuse; or even to describe someone who lives in a robotic, conformist manner without giving offense to anyone.
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About Ira Levin

Ira Levin was an American writer, playwright, and song writer. His novels are A Kiss before Dying, R...