The Nation: The Godmothers

They live quietly in the exclusive suburbs of River Forest and the Hamptons. There may be a ranch house in Palm Springs or a Miami condominium as well. They can afford the best of everything, but they have almost nowhere to go, few pleasant ways to pass the time. Their husbands are often away on business, or in jail, or calling on their mistresses. The wives are isolated not only by bodyguards but also by ignorance of the details of their husbands' business activities. The men's workday deeds are not discussed at dinner.

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