For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town's idyllic facade lies a terrible secret -- a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same.
At once a masterpiece of psychological suspense and a savage commentary on a media-driven society that values the pursuit of youth and beauty at all costs, The Stepford Wives is a novel so frightening in its final implications that the title itself has earned a place in the American lexicon.
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I set out on a mission years ago to read as many American horror classics as I can, and I’m happy to say, I finally made my way to The Stepford Wives. I’ve always been intrigued by this story line, and have seen the movie many times over, not to mention all the new Hollywood spins on the old classic! This is writing at its finest and I’m so glad that I got to read another oldie but damn goodie! And to top it off, imagine my surprise when I kept studying the author’s name because it looked familiar to me. I suppose it did, when I discovered this is the same author who wrote Rosemary’s Baby. I read that classic a few years ago. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to delve into this story and see what Hollywood got wrong?
Walter had a plan for his family. He chose the Stepford community because of its location, low taxes, great schools for his children and an excellent social setting for he and his family. After all, being the bread winner definitely had its perks, and boy was he elated when he advised his wife, Joanna, he planned to join the Stepford’s Men’s Association. Joanna couldn’t see the harm in that, besides, she planned to whoop it up with the women of Stepford and become the social butterfly she was always known to be.
The problem for Joanna was everything was super perfect in Stepford. The housewives kept their homes immaculate. Not only were the women’s homes kept in clean order, but the women themselves looked like models from a magazine. From their hair, body, clothing—you name it, everything was done to perfection. Joanna felt a bit uneasy about that. Is life supposed to be that perfect? Try as she might, Joanna did all she could do to make friends and find women who shared outside interests such as herself, like photography, politics. But, to no avail, none of the women would take the bait. What the hell was wrong with the women of Stepford? Hmm?
Eventually, Joanna found two women that seemed to be “normal” like herself, and she latched onto them like a shark to an unsuspecting swimmer. So when Bobbie, her dearest friend, asked her to watch her kid for the weekend, Joanna thought nothing of it. She wanted to see her girlfriend spend some “quality” time with her husband. Of course, when the weekend ended, and Bobbie returned to claim her child, Joanna noticed something “odd” about her.
I tell you, this story made my heart pump harder than when I’m at the gym. Even though I knew how the story was going to end, it was still an exciting read. Levin really knows how to put the reader front and center in the thick of things. I enjoyed following the clues with Joanna. Of course, this was another dynamic classic! It’s so fun to read stories of yesteryear to see how the times were then. This story was no different. It was a fun and scary read all in one. If you love the old American horror classics, you’ve got to try this one!