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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
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Mar 17, 2011

it was amazing
Read in March, 2011

I planned on giving this book 4 stars but the story is written so perfectly it would be a disservice not to acknowledge that with the full 5 stars. The story takes place in the fall & winter of 1907 - 1908, primarily in Wisconsin with an important side trip to Saint Louis. There are 3 characters; each is flawed and suffering for very different reasons, and yet the story brings these lives together in a way that is both believable and compelling. The story is complex, the characters' motivations so diverse, and yet it is written to reflect the stark and simple Wisconsin landscape that influences everything that happens. I could not find a false note in the storytelling. There are no anachronisms injected into the descriptions of middle American life in the early 1900's. Once the characters are introduced they each behave and react exactly as you would expect even as you are surprised by the events. As each past life is revealed and as each secret is told, the story comes together. Certainly you can hate each one of these people for their many faults but it would be hard to find any fault with the way their story is told.

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