Life lost in a domestic fog
How to be a Good Wife traverses themes that are popular and theoretical. Chapman describes domestic relationships pre and post feminism, the implications for women and the complex nature of male and female interaction. Examples of male predatory behaviour are reminiscent of shocking and criminal contemporary real cases. The often challenging parent-child dynamic and the role of mother-in-law are also examined. As is the issue of mental illness and its treatment.
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Because of this, How to be a Good Wife is not just enthralling fiction, but also social commentary, a combination that provokes the reader to reflect on the fraught and complicated nature of human existence.