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The Wife's Tale Paperback – 5 Aug 2010

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Virago (5 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844086178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844086177
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A sensitive but deliciously comic account of Mary's fight against the "obeast" that has lived inside her since childhood, The Wife's Tale offers more than self--improvement: there are loving reflections on marriage and family in small-town Ontario, hilarious travelogues about American obsessions like McMansions and vanity license plates, and a tender documentary of the improbable compassion of strangers for fellow travelers. Of course, there's plenty of self-discovery too.... Lansens has more than a few tales worth telling."-- New York Times Sunday Book Review "Casey Cep " "Lansens's hopeful and gentle third novel (after "The Girls"), opens in the same fictitious Ontario county as its predecessors, but the heroine's journey takes her to a vastly different landscape, both literally and spiritually... Mary Gooch's [is] a wonderful character, and Lansens's handling of her eventual transformation into someone capable of compassion and acceptance is handled with a light but assured touch."-- Publishers Weekly "Lansens' clear prose unveils the connection between a body weighed down by flesh and a spirit smothered by loneliness. Mary's odyssey of heartache and hope is not so much about finding her husband as it is about rediscovering herself."-- People "Lansens--who lived so memorably inside the heads of conjoined twins Ruby and Rose in "The Girls"--sketches another indelible female character here. Mary Gooch... [is] original... heartbreakingly funny and sad."-- Entertainment Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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* From the author of the Richard and Judy bestseller THE GIRLS, comes a novel about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people

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