Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Word Shakers On Line book Club My Review of the Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens

About the book:

It’s the eve of her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband, Jimmy, to come home. But Mary isn’t just waiting for Jimmy. She is waiting for a mother who accepts her, children she is unable to have, a life beyond the well-worn path from her bedroom to the refrigerator. Mary is waiting for her life to start.

As she waits for Jimmy, the night passes into day and it becomes clear that he isn’t coming home. A letter left in the mailbox confirms her worst fears and Mary is left alone to make a difficult decision. Should she break free from her inertia and salvage her marriage? Or is the pull of the familiarity of her home, the predictability of her daily routines, too strong to resist?

For the first time in her life, Mary decides to leave and boards a plane to California. She flies across the country in a desperate attempt to find her husband. The clothes, the marriage, the home that had given her a place to hide for so long are all gone. Mary soon finds that the bright sun and broad vistas of California force her to look up from the pavement, stop waiting and start living. What she finds when she does is an inner strength she’s never felt before. Through it all, Mary not only finds kindred spirits, but reunites with a more intimate stranger no longer sequestered by fear and habit: herself.

My Review:

Overall I thought this was a good book after I finished it. I almost gave up around page 80 because I do not like a lot of sensual stuff in my books and though there were no s*x scenes there was talk about it. The beginning was also slow moving but once she starts taking action in her life it gets better. I have a normal weight right now but I can still feel empathy for Mary on the emotional eating part. I am a stress eater too. The author did a good job with descriptions and characterizations. In the end I wanted to know more about how Mary lives the rest of her life. Fans of mainstream contemporary women's fiction would like this book.

About the author:

Lori Lansens is the author of two bestselling novels, Rush Home Road and The Girls, which was a Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year in 2006 (and sold over 300,000 copies in the UK) and a finalist for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, Lori Lansens now makes her home in California.


Esme said...

I agree with you on the sex stuff-I did not see how it added to the book.

Anonymous said...

Funny, because I don't even remember that! It probably didn't make an impression.

I'm always a little struggling with my weight, like many people. But recently, I have realized I sometimes forget there is chocolate in the house. Isn't that an improvement? :-)

Bailey said...

I didn't care for the sexual stuff since it didn't add much to the story. In my review, I mentioned wanting to tell Mary "TMI (too much information" haha.

Julie said...

I'm with you. If I wanted to read a story with a lot of gratuitous sexual references, I'd pick up erotica .. I've seen rather mixed reviews on this one, but I'm still rather curious about it .. I think I will put it on my wishlist.

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