A More Obedient Wife

A More Obedient Wife

A Novel of the Early Supreme Court

By Natalie Wexler

Kalorama Press, Paperback, 9780615135168, 442pp.

Publication Date: October 2007

Set against the turbulent background of the 1790s, this novel blends excerpts from over 100 letters and other 18th-century documents with speculation to create an engaging tale of four real historical figures--two Supreme Court Justices (James Iredell and James Wilson) and their respective wives. Told from the points of view of the two women, the fictional narrative of A More Obedient Wife fleshes out the bare bones of the historical record, bringing its long-dead characters to vivid life and centering on timeless themes of love, friendship, and betrayal.