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The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens
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Aug 18, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: women-s-lit, relationships, fiction, canadiana
Read from August 19 to 22, 2011 — I own a copy

Meh. Didn't like it as much as her novel "The Girls", but it did have some redeeming qualities. Mary, an overweight, bored with life wife gets a reality check when her husband of 25 years leaves her on the evening before their anniversary, without explanation. And so begins her journey to find the errant husband, which leads, you have guessed it, to finding herself. Not a bad premise for a novel, yet somehow it didn't completely satisfy. For starters, I couldn't quite like Mary. Even though I tried, I felt like I didn't really get to know her, and right up until the very end, she just wasn't someone I could really care for. Her acts of caring for others, alhough novel for her, seemed to have come from a shallow place, rather than from somewhere deep inside her. Supporting characters drift in and out of the story, without any real substance. "Gooch" her husband is absent, but gets intervowen through Mary's memory and random cash withdrawals from their joint bank account, but we never actually find out what happened to him. Mary suffers from severe headaches, and again we are not told whether this is due to a head injury she sustained early on in the book, or whether there is some other explanation for it. Too many things left unexplored for me, so while somewhat entertaining, it only gets two stars from me.
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08/19/2011 page 36
10.0% "Just started today, so far very engaging"
08/22/2011 page 179
51.0% "Not quite like her previous novel "The Girls", but still quite enjoyable."
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