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Her Son's Wife

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  23 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Lottie, cheaply dressed and cheaply perfumes, shatters Mary Bascomb's life, undermining not only the neat comfort of her home, but also her carefully-laid plans for her son's future. Mary's years of control - both as a mother and a teacher - count for nothing against the impact this slovenly young woman has upon Ralph's affections. Humiliated and rebuffed, Mary constructs ...more
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Mar 26, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Mary Bascomb is a proud, independent woman - and she has a right to be. After all, not only is she an accomplished teacher in the local school district, she has raised a son (Ralph) solely by herself after her husband died early in the marriage. Her plans for her son include law school like his father and grandfather before him. Ralph is presently completing his (pre-law) university degree, and the only thing left now is to find Ralph a wife... but he won't need to lift a finger as Mary Bascomb ...more
Jan 15, 2012 Susan rated it it was ok
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I've read and enjoyed this author's The Bent Twig, The Brimming Cup, Seasoned Timber, and the Homemaker as well as some of her short stories. She often focusses on characters' struggles, ethical dilemmas, and growth in day to day situations and relationships as she does in Her Son's Wife. But two-thirds through this story of a woman's unhappiness with her daughter- in-law, the plot takes an odd twist, and the characters and situations become unbelievable.
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Apr 18, 2015 Kim Malavey rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. At 63 it touched me like a book seldom does. Right time in life for me to discover this gem.
Mar 01, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it
I reached for this volume because Dorothy Canfield Fisher's name is synonymous with Vermont literature, at least in a way. There's a children's literature award given in her name annually.

That said, it was interesting to read a novel written by the Great Lady, though not for the kiddies. It features a domineering schoolmarm, her passively-aggressive prodigal son, and the trashy wife he marries. Said d.s. must come to terms with her desire to manipulate everyone in her path (the traditional means
Mar 23, 2016 Katrina rated it liked it
This isn't my favourite by Canfield, there are no likeable characters, although I felt a bit sorry for the son/husband who was stuck in between two manipulative women. Mrs Bascomb, the mother-in-law knows that her actions will result in her daughter-in-law almost being buried alive. Bascomb's conscience pricks her, she runs about constantly washing her hands like Lady Macbeth, but not for long. The important thing to Bascomb is that she rules the roost - a ghastly character.
Jul 10, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
This author was popular when I was a kid, but I'm just now reading her books. I've read this and "The Homemaker" and they were even more intriguing because of the fact that they were written in the 20s (this one) and into the 40s (The Homemaker, I think) or 50s. She went to Ohio State and lived her adult life in Vermont. Very interesting writer!
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Dorothy Canfield Fisher (February 17, 1879 – November 9, 1958) was an educational reformer, social activist, and best-selling American author in the early decades of the twentieth century. She strongly supported women's rights, racial equality, and lifelong education. Eleanor Roosevelt named her one of the ten most influential women in the United States. In addition to bringing the Montessori meth ...more
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