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 long-term girlfriend and her desire to explore polyamory; and Johanna is a homeless teenager trying to find her way in the world, who bears shared witness to a tragedy that interlaces her life with Stevie’s.
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 wife.
Carley Moore is an essayist, novelist, and poet. She’s a queer single mom, Vans lover, and #catwife. The Not Wives (Feminist Press, September 2019) is her first novel. In 2018, Tinderbox Editions published her debut collection of essays, 16 Pills. In 2017, she published her first poetry chapbook, Portal Poem (Dancing Girl Press) and in 2012, she published a young adult novel, The Stalker Chronicles (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux). She lives in New York City with her kid and cat and teaches at NYU and Bard College.
Madeleine George's plays include Hurricane Diane (Obie Award), The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Lambda Literary Award finalist). She's a founding member of the Obie-Award-winning playwrights' collective 13P, the Fellow for Curriculum and Program Development at the Bard Prison Initiative at Bard College, and a 21-year fan of the work of Carley Moore.