Wifeshopping centers on the ultimate human quest: the search for companionship, love, and understanding. These captivating stories feature American men, love-starved and striving, who try and often fail to connect with the women they imagine could be their wives. Some of the women are fiances, some are new girlfriends, some are strangers who cross the mens paths for only a few hours or moments. In Beaching It, an artist traveling on the summer circuit begins an affair with a rich, married local. In Me and Paul, a lonely traveler adopts an alter ego to help him impress a single mother. In Bill, a trip to a flea market highlights the essential differences between a man and his fiance. Throughout this thoroughly entertaining read, Wingates sympathetic characterizations reveal both the hopefulness and the heartache behind our earnest but sometimes misguided attempts at intimacy.
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