Sleeping With Ward Cleaver by Jenny Gardiner

Author: Jenny Gardiner

Genre: Fiction

About: (From the book blurb): Not-so-happily married to Jack-once the man of her dreams but now a modern-day version of the bossy, dull Ward Cleaver of ’50s sitcom fame-Claire is at the end of her rope. Gone are the glorious days of flings in elevators and broom closets. Jack? All he needs is a cardigan and a billowing pipe to become the domineering father figure Claire never wanted. And looking at her body in the mirror, Claire would cast herself as Lumpy. They’d once had a world of color, of wanton frivolity. Now, life’s black and white: a sitcom in reruns. A not-very-funny sitcom. Cue an old boyfriend-the “one that got away”-throw in a predatory hottie who’s set her sights on our leading man, and watch Claire’s world spiral out of control.

Descriptive Words:  Funny, bawdy, honest, poignant.

Thoughts: For the most part it’s laugh out-loud-funny but I also had a lump in my throat during a lot of it. Jenny Gardiner’s novel cuts right to the core of a marriage that has lost its luster. The novel is written from the wife’s perspective. Claire is feeling unappreciated and the same could be said for her husband.   There’s a lot of truth about marriages “of a certain number of years” in Sleeping with Ward Cleaver.

Source: I bought it.

Why I Chose: A few bloggers I trust gave it good reviews.

Recommend?  This is a fast read that I recommend to fans of funny, honest, and entertaining novels about marriage. It’s one I’ll pass on to my sisters.

Rating: 4 /5 stars

28 thoughts on “Sleeping With Ward Cleaver by Jenny Gardiner

  1. Funnily enough a friend of mine was given this very book by her bridesmaids on the eve of her wedding – I think they meant it as a joke. Hoping to borrow it myself once it has finished doing the rounds, I hear it is extremely funny.


  2. I’m so honored you took the time to read Sleeping with Ward Cleaver and I’m so glad you “got” it. I hope you all get a chance to get a copy of it though sadly the house who published it is in dire financial straits and is no longer publishing in book version–rumor has it bankruptcy is on the horizon for them. I am in the process of reverting my rights to it so will put it up electronically and might well do it for POD as well because I’d be very sad to see this book end up out of print. Thanks again for reviewing it! (and waving hi to my friend Bermuda Onion!)


    • Jenny, thanks for stopping by! So sorry to hear about the publishing house issues. That makes me even happier that I found a copy to buy.

      Keep writing – we’ll keep reading 🙂


  3. Wow, sounds like a fun and very entertaining book. I have never heard about it before. Also it sounds like a great book to give as a gift to my older sister! Great review!


  4. Saw the title and thought… wait a minute is this about the Cleaver family as in Leave it to Beaver??!!!

    Going to chart this book up to the very top of the list now and it’s always good to hear about a book that makes you laugh .. the great ole belly laugh is good anytime of the day.

    Great stuff and thanks for bringing this up in the reading radar.


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