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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
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Dec 07, 08

it was amazing
Read in November, 2008

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick,

ISBN 9781565125964, Algonquin Books

$23.95, March 2009

With A Reliable Wife, Robert Goolrick has given us a rare treat, a story so good we are loathe to start another book for fear it will fail utterly in comparison.

It is 1907 and Ralph Truitt is seeking a wife. Catherine Land is the woman who answers his call. In the midst of a swirling snowstorm, she steps off of the train and into his life. She is not what he expected. Nor is he as naïve as she had hoped.

What follows is a skillfully told tale of lies and betrayals, of rampant passion and unchecked desires, and occasionally of hope and compassion. Fierce and original, sensual but never crass, Goolrick spins a remarkable tale that takes the reader from the sophistications of Chicago to a bitterly cold and barren Wisconsin winter to the opium dens and music halls of St. Louis.

the orgianl title was to be A Memory of Desire (which I loved) but will be published under the more mundane A Rleiable Wife.
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Jen Knox wow, you convinced me. i did love his memoir...


Gale Martin An ingenious title, as it turned out, that became more clever as the book progressed.


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