How to be a good wife by emma chapman was and interesting and unsettling read i really enjoy books set in scandinavia and how to be a good wife tells the story of marta and hector who have been married for a long time so long that she finds it difficult to remember her life before him he has always taken care of her and she has always done . How to be a good wife by emma chapman review an eerily well handled debut novel its bland yet double edged maxims litter the book like warning notes in bluebeards castle. An eerily well handled debut novel a ruthless examination of the many layers of marriage the guardianchapman has written martas story with a brilliant twist the new york timesi know what my husband would say that i have too much time on my hands that i need to keep myself busy that i need to take my medication empty nest syndrome he tells his friends at the pub his mother. The title of emma chapmans first novel how to be a good wife is beyond ironic what we encounter here in marta bjornstad is a woman clinging to domesticity as though to a flimsy plank . In may of 1955 housekeeping monthly published an article entitled the good wifes guide detailing all the ways that a wife should act and how best she can be a partner to her husband
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