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The Stepford Wives (Paperback)

Author:  Ira Levin Introduction:  Peter Straub
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0060080841
ISBN-13: 9780060080846
Sku: 30947083
Publish Date: 8/1/2002
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 0.25T
Pages:  144
Age Range:  NA
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After moving to the ideal suburban community of Stepford, Connecticut, with her husband and children, Joanna Eberhart is stunned by the subservient and complacent nature of the women of the town as she struggles to establish a womens liberation group, but she soon discovers the terrifying secret behind the womens behavior. Reprint. *Author: Levin, Ira *Publication Date: 2002/08/01 *Number of Pages: 123 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.25
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The internationally bestselling novel by the author of A Kiss Before Dying, The Boys from Brazil, and Rosemary's Baby

With an Introduction by Peter Straub

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.

The internationally bestselling novel by the author of A Kiss Before Dying, The Boys from Brazil, and Rosemary's Baby

With an Introduction by Peter Straub

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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Though it was written in 1972, when the Women's Liberation Movement was at its height, it is unclear just which side THE STEPFORD WIVES takes in the battle, as this classic thriller takes aim at both feminism and traditional patriarchal mores. The inspiration for two films (the 1975 original starring Katherine Ross and the more loosely adapted 2004 remake with Nicole Kidman) and three made-for-TV movie sequels, the book put the term "Stepford wife," meaning a robotically perfect and utterly submissive housewife, into the common vocabulary. Joanna Eberhardt, an aspiring photographer and active supporter of women's lib, has just moved with her family from New York City to the quiet, charming suburban town of Stepford, Connecticut. Soon, Joanna notices something odd about her neighbors. The immaculately dressed, amazingly sexy women of Stepford are obsessed with cooking, cleaning, and waiting on their husbands hand and foot, to the exclusion of any other interests, although town records show that most of them previously belonged to a now-defunct feminist organization. Why and how did they change? Joanna bands together with two other newcomers, Bobbi and Charmaine, to try and solve the mystery of Stepford before they, too, become just like the other Stepford Wives. As per usual, Levin evokes a mood of slowly heightening tension, injected with just enough skepticism so that the reader wonders if Joanna's fears are merely paranoid fantasies.
Author Bio
Ira Levin
Ira Levin is a rare example of an author whose work is almost equally well-known in three separate mediums: theater, fiction, and film. Levin knew at an early age that he wanted to be a writer. He attended Drake University in Iowa for two years, before transferring to New York University and graduating in 1950. In 1953 he was drafted into the Army, where he the work he performed writing training films served to introduce him to the film medium. That same year, his first novel was published as A KISS BEFORE DYING. Throughout this period he wrote plays, his first great success coming in 1960 with CRITIC'S CHOICE, a production starring Henry Fonda. His most well-known play is probably DEATHTRAP, a complex story of double-crosses that was made into a film starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine. Other plays by Levin such as NO TIME FOR SERGEANTS and DOCTOR COOK'S GARDEN were also well-received. Most of his novels, including THE STEPFORD WIVES, THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL, and SLIVER, have been adapted for the screen, but the most famous is certainly ROSEMARY'S BABY. Written in 1967, it is an important work in the pantheon of horror fiction as it was largely responsible for introducing modern notions of the Devil into popular fiction. In 1997, Levin wrote a sequel, SON OF ROSEMARY which revisits some of the earlier novel's themes of perception vs. reality. Though he is not very prolific, Levin has earned a firm place in the public's consciousness through his extremely popular and gripping fiction.

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"Whether you read it as a fable of male bonding or of female bondage, you'll read it and so will a great many others." (starred review) 10/13/1972
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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0144
Product attributePublisher:   Harper Perennial
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