The Stepford Wives (Paperback)

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It’s easy to dismiss Levin’s books as pop culture “lite,” but his novels are brilliantly and economically written. They are scary because the monsters here are usually just…other people. There is terror in the mundane, darkness in the domestic. The Stepford Wives is a terrifying little book that presages, or perhaps anticipates, much of what led to #metoo. Stephen King said that Ira Levin was: "the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels, he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores."

— From Debra


The internationally bestselling novel by the author of A Kiss Before Dying, The Boys from Brazil, and Rosemary's Baby

With an Introduction by Peter Straub

For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town's idyllic facade lies a terrible secret -- a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same.

At once a masterpiece of psychological suspense and a savage commentary on a media-driven society that values the pursuit of youth and beauty at all costs, The Stepford Wives is a novel so frightening in its final implications that the title itself has earned a place in the American lexicon.

About the Author

Novelist and playwright Ira Levin (1929-2007) was a native New Yorker whose books include A Kiss Before Dying, Rosemary's Baby, This Perfect Day, The Stepford Wives, The Boys from Brazil, Sliver, and Son of Rosemary. His plays include No Time for Sergeants, Critic's Choice, and the longest-running thriller in Broadway history, Deathtrap. An alumnus of New York University, Levin also wrote the lyrics of the Barbra Streisand classic "He Touched Me," and was the recipient of three Edgar Allan Poe Awards from the Mystery Writers of America (including 2003's 'Grand Master'), as well as the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for lifetime achievement.

Praise For…

“[Ira Levin] is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel.” — Stephen King

“An efficient German motorcar of a book--masterful, ridiculously well crafted, and, like the ladies of Stepford themselves, flawless.” — Esquire

“Chilling...Entertaining...Read it.” — Austin American-Statesman

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060080846
ISBN-10: 0060080841
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2002
Pages: 144
Language: English