The Other Woman

Twenty-one Wives, Lovers, and Others Talk Openly About Sex, Deception, Love, and Betrayal


By Victoria Zackheim

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She’s been called the harpy, the Jezebel, the Lorelei, the bitch…and other choice names. In truth, she is someone’s daughter, mother, friend, confidante. She seduces husbands, breaks up marriages, and occasionally becomes a stepmother. Sometimes, she is even a victim. So who is this creature who arrives like a wrecking ball to destroy lives and families? She is the Other Woman–but she’s only half the story.

For every Other Woman, there is a wife or girlfriend whose relationship has been devastated–or surprisingly–blissfully liberated. Some women find themselves playing both roles during the course of a lifetime. With 21 insightful essays (20 written specifically for this anthology) from the list of America’s most respected and award-winning female authors, this collection explores the highly personal, sometimes anguished, sometimes hilarious, but always compelling experiences of women on both sides of these highly charged and emotional situations.

On Sale
Aug 13, 2008
Page Count
288 pages

Victoria Zackheim

About the Author

Victoria Zackheim is the author of the novel The Bone Weaver and editor of six anthologies. She transformed five essays from her first anthology, The Other Woman, into a play which had one-night-only simultaneous readings at twenty-one US theater venues, with more than $10,000 in proceeds going to local women’s shelters. Her play Entangled is in pre-production. Victoria’s screenplay, MAIDSTONE, is with director Peter Werner, her screenplay ROZZY is in development. She is the writer of the documentary, Where Birds Never Sang: The Story of Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen Concentration Camps, aired nationwide by PBS. She teaches Personal Essay in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, is a speaker and instructor at writers’ conferences in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Europe, and a keynote speaker for women’s organizations nationwide. She is a San Francisco Library Laureate.

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