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The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens
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Jul 29, 2010

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Read from July 27 to 29, 2010

It's not really fair to review this book since I got impatient pretty quickly and turned to the middle. Then, browsing to see what happened to the main character, Mary Gooch, I actually got interested. At this point she has left Canada and traveled to southern California to search for her husband at her mother-in-law's house. Very detailed (hyperrealism) and somewhat magical. I don't particularly like that blend. I didn't know quite how to take it...a self-help book for women who are obese, who have failing marriages? a romance? a book about a woman"coming of age"? Some of the writing pulled me right in. Some felt so cliched. I don't recommend it. but then I didn't completely read it. Some of the characters are lovely. I guess it is a book about taking risks, and change. That this woman completely lost her appetite and couldn't swallow anything but power bars and apples stretched my credulity. It's an odd one. Isabel Allende recommended it to me.

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