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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (26 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461109612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461109617
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 630,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not all who wander are lost." Juliet Waldron earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist's model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after the children left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for herself--and for her readers. She loves her grandkids and her rescue kitties, and likes to get outdoors to hike or bike. She reads mostly non-fiction, because research is half the fun of writing. For summer adventure, she rides behind her husband of 50 years on his "bucket list" (black and ridiculously fast) Hyabusa motorcycle.

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“Not all who wander are lost.” Juliet Waldron was baptized in the yellow spring of a small Ohio farm town. She earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Twenty-five years ago, after the kids left home, she dropped out of 9-5 and began to write, hoping to create a genuine time travel experience for herself—and her readers—by researching herself into the Past. Mozart’s Wife won the 1st Independent e-Book Award. Genesee originally won the 2003 Epic Award for Best Historical, and she’s delighted that it’s available again from Books We Love. She enjoys cats, long hikes, history books and making messy gardens with native plants. She’s happy to ride behind her husband on his big “bucket list” sport bike.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By creativepubtalk on 1 Mar 2012
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I came across this book quite by accident, following a recommendation from a friend and although I would not normally read historical fiction I was intrigued by the title and actually love Mozart's music too. Mozart's wife did not disappoint either. The sharp characterisation of the individuals who pass through Mozart's relatively short life together with styles of living, betrayals, passions and hardships relevant to the period are beautifully captured giving much thought to how much has changed in the last 250 years. It is easy to forget, in an age of contraception, equality and female independence, how vulnerable women were then to continuous pregancy and precarious financial and home instabilities, even those in the upper end of cultured and affluent society, battling daily with the wanton lack of responsibility of many aristocratic and rich men. All this is portrayed with fierce accuracy and attention holding detail - the author certainly has researched her protagonist extremely well. My only slight gripe is some lack of pace for the fist third but eventually the book gathers real momentum to a fascinating conclusion.
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Very evocative of life as it probably was in18th century Vienna. The lives of women is beautifully portrayed in a matter of fact way without any sense of "us looking back on them"
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Historical anti-romance 8 Jan 2002
By Philip Challinor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The tortures of the Inquisition wouldn't induce me to confess to reading historical romances, so Mozart's Wife is perforce a historical love story. It's the first-person narrative of Konstanze Marie, nee Weber and in later life Nissen, who has been almost exclusively vilified or ignored through seven generations of her husband's biographers. They see a great genius dead at thirty-five, an unmarked grave and a widow minting cash from his manuscripts. Konstanze's story redresses the balance with an engaging and thoroughly engrossing picture of life as a woman in the late eighteenth century - the complexities of love and marriage, the practicalities of running a household, the horror of "dishonour" and the agony and danger of childbirth - and, in Konstanze's case, the additional complication of her brilliant, charming, vulgar, gentle, generous, philandering, feckless, irresistible and totally incorrigible husband. Though nearly immune to his musical gifts (her favourite of his operas, not unjustifiably in the circumstances, is the one that made the most money), Konstanze clearly contributes more to the survival of his work than the great man himself ever thought of doing. But although Konstanze touchingly recounts her life after Wolfgang's death, it's the Mozarts' life together that takes up most of the book, and it's the details of that life that compel the attention - the characterisation of Mozart's cold, stern and uppity family; the moving from place to place, buoyed up by an adoring Prague only to be dragged down by an indifferent Vienna; the endless, unwinnable battle to try and clear up the disaster area that is Mozart's finances; the exhausting and perilous ordeals of pregnancy, childbirth and what is nowadays blandly called "infant mortality". If, towards the end of the book, Konstanze starts to behave very much like the hard-nosed money-grubber her detractors have accused her of being, it's more a cause for sadness than surprise. Her story doesn't end there, however, and in an exquisitely moving scene at Mozart's grave she finally makes her peace with his memory. Written with a light touch behind which lies a huge wealth of research, Mozart's Wife is definitely historical, decidedly unromantic, and quite captivating.
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
THIS is life with Mozart!! 13 April 2002
By "aschneid1" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
THIS is life with Mozart from his wife's point of view...
The story will transport you back to the 18th century, reads easily and is entirely engrossing. It was one of the few books that has kept me up reading until the sun rose! The writing is so stark and raw, no flowery romanticism, just honest, straightforward realism. Although I personally found neither Mozart nor Konstanze likable, they were completely, charmingly, and utterly human, flaws and all.
Mozart's Wife is one of the best books I have read in many years. I highly recommend that you don't waste another day without reading this incredible book!
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Life and the Artist 27 Nov 2001
By K.A. Corlett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mozart's Wife by Juliet Waldron is a richly textured and painstakingly researched trip into the eighteenth century. Waldron's prose is clean, infinitely readable. She develops her characters brilliantly and without sentimentality. The overriding sense is that of *the real*: Stanzi Mozart is voluptuous, spirited, and wretched by turns. What is life lived in the shadow of a genius? Exaltation, poverty, at times madness. Mozart's Wife lays before the reader the picture of a man overcome by the Muse, and the woman who struggles to live with him, keep their meager household, and rear their children. Mozart in essence, remains a puzzle: it has been posited that the heightened sensitivity of artistic genius may render life too painful to bear, and that this is why so many truly brilliant musicians, poets, or writers enter a cycle of inevitable self-destruction. They burn with a blinding light and extinguish themselves. Mozart's Wife takes up this theme in the relationship of Wolfgang and Stanzi; the opiate for Mozart's pain is the female form. Waldron doesn't lapse into romanticism, however. Her characters seize the reader from the outset because they are genuine-their hopes, fears, joy, and pain become our own. The author has the uncanny ability to place us in the conjugal bed, in the midst of a pain-riddled childbirth, a dying man's vision, or at the Opera with equal dexterity. Most telling, when Stanzi must face the reality of her feelings after many years by Mozart's side, we have been there with her; we've mourned and adored and torn our hair.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
After the Romance Comes Marriage 9 Sep 2007
By D. Salerni - Published on Amazon.com
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Many a romance novel ends with marriage. The courtship, the chase, will they or won't they - these things provide the backbone of the novel, and in the end there is marriage and, presumably, a happy-ever-after.

In Juliet Waldron's historical novel, however, the courtship and marriage of Konstanze Weber and Wolfgang Mozart is only the beginning. The true story is of the marriage that follows, which every wife knows is when romance and love is truly tested. Konstanze begins as a self-conscious young maiden, overlooked in favor of her more talented sisters. She falls in love with Mozart and can hardly believe that the astonishing young composer has chosen her for his one true love. But marriage to the musical genius turns out to be a tumultuous existence for Konstanze, who quickly matures into a wife, a mother, and the household accountant. Konstanze, who grew up in a musical family, is not unappreciative of Mozart's genius, but reality dictates that music is primarily the thing which brings money into the house; it is their livelihood; it serves a purpose. While Wolfgang Mozart follows his muse, creating the music he loves - whether there is a market for it or not - Konstanze tries to prevent them from falling into poverty.

Mozart is flighty, unpredictable, and easily swayed by his friends. When flush with cash, he spends it like water, gambles it, and lends it to his friends. Konstanze has to bully him to take charge of the household accounts and keep them from ruin. She finds herself constantly pregnant, every childbirth a life-endangering horror and the precious infants too easily carried off by disease. Besieged by scandalous rumors, Konstanze does not want to believe her husband is unfaithful to her, but soon the unpleasant truth cannot be ignored and her husband scarcely bothers to hide it.

Juliet Waldron has created a believable, multi-faceted portrait of a woman loved but betrayed, adoring and yet resentful, capricious and sometimes spiteful. Her characterization of Konstanze Weber Mozart far outshines that of the genius composer himself, who becomes rather a minor character by the end of the novel. Mozart's Wife is a memorable historical novel about a woman who was long overshadowed and forgotten in the shadow of her husband, but without whose intervention his music might have been consigned to obscurity.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Lively Look at Mozart's Spouse 15 Sep 2006
By Susan Higginbotham - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Mozart's Wife to be absorbing and well-written. It follows Konstanze's life as she grows from a naive young girl to a capable, shrewd woman, her marriage as it disintegrates under the pressures of too many bills, infant mortality, and infidelity.

Konstanze is the narrator here, and her voice is a refreshing one: informal, earthy without becoming coarse, candid, un-self-pitying, and wry. She and Mozart are highly flawed but likable people, who never forfeit our sympathies even as they act appallingly toward each other and toward others. That's very difficult for an author to pull off, and Waldron does it admirably.

Waldron has a nice eye for detail. As a mistress of Mozart's departs the cramped household, she is accompanied by her cats: "Her calico Mutzie and tiger Murr followed, tails up, for all the world like a couple of well-behaved dogs out for a walk."

The book does feel a little disjointed in spots. For instance, Konstanze spends much of Chapter 20 fussing over an impending visit from Leopold, Mozart's difficult father, but the visit is never depicted; when we next hear of Leopold two chapters later, the matter seems to have been forgotten. Did something get cut? I also felt that too little emphasis was placed on Mozart's Masonic ties, considering the crucial role they later assumed in Waldron's explanation of his death and obscure burial.

All in all, though, I enjoyed this book thoroughly.
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