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Novel About My Wife

Novel About My Wife [Kindle Edition]

Emily Perkins
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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'Novel About My Wife is the fascinating portrait of a marriage, in all its labyrinthine complexity and tenderness. A beautiful, shocking book, it had me gripped from its very first sentence' Maggie O'Farrell 'A frightening tale of delusion ... fast and inexorable ... Perkins draws out the emotional tension and the thematic parallels while keeping the action tight and gripping' Sunday Times 'A sensuous and compassionate study of a doomed relationship, which suggests that love can survive the vicissitudes of modern life; and, perhaps, death itself' Daily Mail 'Chilling ... One of the year's most intimate novels' Time Out

Financial Times, Seven Magazine, May 18th, 2008

Emily Perkins picks out Tom's memories with the nimbleness and accuracy of a hummingbird. From love and death, madness and abuse, she makes a sharp, playful story.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385662246
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (17 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00936VPXS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,105 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but disapointing. 28 Aug 2008
I cant agree with the previous reviewer who gave this book such glowing reviews. I had high hopes for the book at the beginning and thought that it was based on a great idea - however so much of the book goes nowhere. There are so many events that happen that could have been delved into further and in the end it just doesnt all fit together. The book presents a superficial description of mental health issues that could have been further explored.

Some great ideas, but disapointing in the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very real 30 Jun 2009
I was pretty disappointed by this book. I'd read another by the same author, "Leave before you go", some years ago and enjoyed it, but this one did not nearly live up to it. It must always be difficult to write a book in the person of someone of the other gender, and I'm afraid I did not find the person from whose perspective this book is written a convincing straight male - the style of writing is too sensuous, quixotic and fancifully stylised for that (admittedly I've lived in South London for the last 20 years or so, and they do tend to act more rarefied the other side of the river!). Apart from the central theme about the wife's being stalked, much of the book is taken up with the trivia of domestic and social life, which manage to be little more interesting than most other people's, and most of the characters other than the first person character and his wife seem underdeveloped.

Having said that, Emily Perkins does write very good English with a style which has a fair amount of imagination, and there is a certain fascinating horror in his wife's semi-madness and the book is written with considerable compassion, so there are a few compensating factors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but patchy 13 Jun 2009
I have always found Emily Perkins to be a brilliant but patchy writer. I found this novel extremely gripping - especially in the earlier sections - but I was disappointed later on, because it seemed to dissolve just when I wanted it to consolidate. The character of Tom is very well-developed and although I didn't ever take to him, I thought Perkins did an excellent job of entering the head of a rather wimpy bloke faced with his wife's mental breakdown. Neither are pleasant characters, and you don't warm to them - but you're interested: that's quite a feat. This novel was voted 'book of the year' by readers of the US literary magazine, The Believer - which surprised me a little, but perhaps it merely indicates that she hits the spot with a sub-group I'm not a member of - probably because I am too old. I'll keep reading her novels though, because she's sharp and original.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Emily Perkins's new novel is much darker and more complex than her previous work. Her canvas is huge, global, with a large cast of characters. However, the real focus is one man's nail-biting relationship with his difficult partner and his relationship with the mean streets of London, which are a character in themselves. Perkins manages to keep the pages turning as we learn the truth about a very traumatic marriage and an even more traumatised city. Her writing is superb throughout, although for me the highlight was her realistic depiction of London's tainted streets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 27 May 2009
I think I read a review of this somewhere and then picked it up in the bookshop because I loved the cover. Anyway, well done Emily Perkins for getting inside a man's head and writing from Tom's perspective so convincingly. I honestly couldn't put this down; I thought that Tom was such a convincing character and this is just so beautifully written. I agree that Ann was possibly a little one-dimensional but to me this wasn't just a novel about Tom's wife, but a novel about Tom and Ann, and even more so, I'd argue, a novel about Tom - a true 21st-century man - and his frustrations, foibles and failures.
There are some very funny moments (the ten-point U-turn really tickled me - been there, done that), some all-too real moments and some very bleak and sad moments. Emily Perkins' clever dialogue, incredible observational skills and great characterization make this a very readable book. Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 5 Jun 2008
By Sarah
I lost a lot of sleep with Novel about my Wife, reading it in two nights, almost unable to put it down. When I finished I scoured the web for Emily Perkins, as for the first time I wanted to write a fan letter to an author. The novel is an account of a marriage, written from the man's perspective. I was a little worried about this but Emily gets into his head perfectly. She exposes the minutiae of a marriage, ups and downs, day to day life, with the sinister background of a stalker chasing the wife. I know it is a cliche but this book really does make the reader laugh and cry. I enjoyed it so much I've bought the rest of her novels - buy the book, you won't regret it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Faultless observational descriptions 29 Nov 2009
The story is beautifully told, the writing is very aesthetical, and I enjoy reading first person narrative. Unfortunately the main character Tom comes across like a weak nervous woman, rather than a grown man living in London.

There were too many sub plots which went nowhere and just detracted from the main story. Emily Perkins is a highly talented writer, her dialogue is impeccable, and one of her hobbies must be `people watching' going by her faultless observational descriptions; however being able to imagine how a man would respond to seeing his wife have a mental breakdown is something Emily Perkins does not convincingly achieve.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A Moving and Elegiac Novel
Emily Perkins's third novel is an effective study of grief and reminiscence. Tom Stone's wife Ann has died suddenly, leaving him a widower with a small son (not a spoiler as we... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kate Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars gripped from first sentence
I had never come across the this remarkable author before. I loved the way Emily Perkins writes. For me I truly loved and enjoyed every minute of Novel About My Wife. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ireadnovels
5.0 out of 5 stars Had he given up hope of ever being cool? Had his wife put her foot...
Emily Perkins is a brilliant, sophisticated writer. She has written this book from the point of view of a man - Tom, and we know from the start that his wife Anne has died and he's... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Eileen Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Grippingly beautiful prose
This fascinating and very moving story about a young married couple in London is beautifully written, with clever, amusing or haunting turns of phrase in every chapter. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2010 by Fiction Fanatic
4.0 out of 5 stars kept me turning the pages
This was the first book I've read by this author. Generally very good story, thought she coped very well writing from a male perspective. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2010 by E. J. Bevan
3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping but let down by its ending
I don't normally read this kind of novel - more a Crime Fiction man myself, but I'd read and enjoyed "What was Lost" by Catherine O'Flynn and thought I'd broaden my range a... Read more
Published on 2 May 2009 by Neil Truby
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning!
I was drawn to this by the eye catching cover, and the recommendation from Maggie O'Farrell - one of my favourite writers. I was not disappointed. Read more
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