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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
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Jul 01, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: not-worth-my-time
Read from April 07 to July 01, 2011

I don't think I'm going to finish this. The prose is florid and pretends to be more than it is. I have issues with some of the POV shifts, too. There was one part where Ralph is remembering his parents and how much his father wanted to have sex with his mother/mother was holding him off, and I found myself thinking, "How does Ralph know their interior/sexual life?" He shouldn't. It snaps me out of my suspension of disbelief when that happens.

Also, there are times when certain adjectives are repeated too quickly. I wasn't sure if that was a conscious artistic choice or an accident — and if I can't tell, then it's not good either way.

Not a fan.

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message 1: by Belle (new)

Belle Boggs Joy, I agree completely. I read this book, after hearing it praised at a publisher's roundtable, in disbelief. I thought it was utterly unlike anything I usually read--and not in a good way. I sort of wish I could write a book like this, though, because it was very popular.

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