Georgie and Peter, very much in love, move to London with their three children. Once there, Georgie's dormant acting career takes off and she wins the role of Dora Jordan in a one-woman show. Dora Jordan was the most famous comic actress of the 18th century (she had 13 illegitimate children, including 10 by the future king of England). As Georgie rehearses for her part, she becomes increasingly drawn to Dora Jordan, whom she sees as a working mother with struggles exactly like her own. And when Georgie can no longer fight her attraction to the playwright, she begins an affair with tragic results.
Narrated by Peter, a failed writer turned-businessman, My Wife's Affair is about infidelity, passion, duty, and about finally getting what you want and then wanting still more.
“Woodruff leaves not a dry eye in the house in this gripping ode to theater and the love it can command - and crush....Peter's excruciating autopsy of his crumbling marriage is unsparing and relentlessly punishing, but the kicker at the novel's end makes the adultery feel like a cozy little tea party. It's brutal and lovely.” (Publishers Weekly)
"Woodruff takes the unusual step of narrating the affair from Peter’s point of view, a choice that makes reading about it even more heartrending. The shocking twist at the conclusion of the book will leave stunned readers gasping for air." (Booklist)
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- A. C. Shellhase