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The Poets' Wives: A Novel was actually a book I listened to by mistake. Someone on Goodreads recommended The Poet's Wife, as a book I might enjoy. I didn't look carefully enough and chose the wrong book when browsing Audible.com. It turned out to be a very serendipitous mistake. After listening to the Audible version of The Poets’ Wives: A Novel, I have to disagree with the other reviews that I’ve read. I really enjoyed it. I found it to be an interesting and entertaining audio book.
Each of the three sections was a distinct story about the marriage of a poet, as told through the voice of his wife. Two were actual poets’ wives: Catherine Blake, wife of William Blake and Nadezhda Mandelstam, wife of Osip Mandelstam. The third story involved the wife of a fictional poet in modern times. When picking the story, I was very aware that the stories would be about the lives and relationships of the characters, particularly the wives, and was not expecting a lot of poetry.
The three stories were similar in style: first person narration told through flashbacks into the past. Perhaps that’s why I liked it so much. All of the three women were older, looking back through their lives. Their personalities and experiences were all different, as were their partners’. Perhaps having a narrator give life to their individual voices made the story more appealing and coherent. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version and would definitely recommend it. For me, it was very good listen. Now onto finding The Poet’s Wife, which I do intend to read.