Single Wife by Nina Solomon

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Grace Brookman's husband is missing. He wasn't kidnapped or murdered (she's fairly certain); he just seems to have run away from home. He got up one morning, and with an offhand Gracie, I'll be back in a little while, he was gone. Laz had left before, but this time, when several weeks pass and he doesn't return, Grace copes with the situation by pretending to family and friends that he's still around.

At first, Grace covers for Laz in little ways: rumpling the sheets on his side of the bed every morning for the housekeeper, turning up his favorite music so the neighbors will hear it, leaving the doorman a daily cup of coffee, just as Laz always did. Soon Grace's life is completely consumed with re-creating his life.

Over time the deception takes on a life of its own as her charade becomes more elaborate and she begins lying to friends and family, even her overbearing, ever-present Upper East Side parents. Grace finds herself steeped in denial about the truth of her husband's disappearance-and the truth about him, as clues arise to suggest that he isn't the man she thought he was.

In the spirit of Laura Zigman and Jennifer Weiner, Nina Solomon gives us a portrait of a young woman unraveled, who attempts to pull herself back together in the face of a most unusual crisis.


About Nina Solomon

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Nina Solomon received her MA from Columbia University. She lives in Manhattan with her son, Nathaniel.
Published June 12, 2003 by Algonquin Books. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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was a gesture of love and devotion, not deceit.” It starts out as a fun project for Grace—fooling the housekeeper, and inventing reasons why Laz can’t attend her parents’ weekly Scrabble games.

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Against Grace's constant awareness of her loss of Laz, the interplay of complex dynamics among the main players in her upper-middle-class New York life—her Scrabble-obsessed parents, their charming and dysfunctional friends the Sugarmans and her too-perceptive friend Kane—take on a tender, lumino...

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As she protects that bubble more, buffering it from the realities of her own life with fibs, Grace begins to realize how little her closest friends and family know her husband and require his presence in their lives.

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