The Not Wives
The Not Wives
A novel of sex-positive awakening and burgeoning political resistance, set in Occupy-era New York City.
Publication Date: 09-10-2019
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The Not Wives traces the lives of three women as they navigate the Occupy Wall Street movement and each other. Stevie is a nontenured professor and recently divorced single mom; her best friend Mel is a bartender, torn between her long-term girlfriend and her desire to explore polyamory; and Johanna is a homeless teenager trying to find her way in the world, who bears shared witness to a tragedy that interlaces her life with Stevie’s.
In the midst of economic collapse and class conflict, late-night hookups and long-suffering exes, the three characters piece together a new American identity founded on resistance—against the looming shadow of financial precarity, the gentrification of New York, and the traditional role of wife.
"In The Not Wives, Carley Moore puts her considerable powers—introspection, humor, empathy—into the service of fiction, creating a landscape of achingly authentic female lives who we rarely see given such literary treatment. A compulsively readable novel with deep roots in our gorgeous, messed-up world." —Michelle Tea, author of Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms
“Carley Moore exults in portraying the grit, drama, confusion, and ecstasy of her diverse characters’ daily lives. The Not Wives is not just for not-wives; it’s for all of us struggling with how to be human—falling in and out of love/lust, parenting children, teaching young adults, protesting corruption, and just getting by—amidst the ongoing clamor and bewilderment of twenty-first-century life.” —Laura Sims, author of Looker