The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin

The Stepford WivesWhat is it about Ira Levin? How did he write things that seem so normal on the surface only to be downright chilling and horrific underneath?

Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew the story behind The Stepford Wives, either from seeing a TV show, or a movie, but I couldn’t remember the specifics. The story is short at only 150 pages so I read it in entirety last night and it’s been on my mind since.

Not only is the main theme scary (what is happening to women to make them such perfect housewives?), but the nuances to story hit the mark as well. As Joanna sees others in the supermarket with their groceries perfectly aligned as they shop, she too feels the desire to match what they are doing, and be like them. She is disgusted at their tendency to disparage all interests outside the home in exchange for having the perfect, clean, house… yet she feels inadequate when compared to them. If given enough time, Joanna would probably have become a perfect Stepford Wife all on her own, even without the antics of the men in the town – and that – is quite scary indeed.

I like that the details are not completely spelled out, but instead you are left to your imagination to figure out… just what happened to Joanna.

All in all, it’s a good quick read that is still relevant – and will be as long as the concept of a Stepford Wife is in use in our vocabulary!

The Stepford Wives is available on Kindle for a whopping $7.99 (at only 150 pages), or you can read it on Scribd. You can use this link to get a free two-month free trial to Scribd – and I highly recommend it!

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