The Not Wives (Paperback)
Amethyst Editions, 9781936932689, 368pp.
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
"Audacious and exhilarating in its candor, The Not Wives captures the heady mix of pleasures and agonies necessary to turn one's life in a new, truer direction. Carley Moore attends to the complexities of urban living and activism with riveting clarity." --Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew
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 longterm girlfriend and a desire to explore polyamory; and Johanna is a homeless teenager trying to find her way in the world.
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 a wife.