The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler

76%

8 Critic Reviews

For those of us who are not children of survivors...and who have wondered (as I have) how a devastated Jewish family moves forward in faith and love and grace, this novel serves as a gut-wrenching education.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler is an unforgettable novel about a mysterious mail-order bride in the wake of WWII, whose sudden decision ripples through time to deeply impact the daughter she never knew

In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to a man she's never met. But, upon seeing her at the train station, Sol Kramer turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep—and doomed—love. It is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters when she disappears, leaving a new husband and a baby daughter with only a diary, a large uncut diamond – and a need to find the truth
Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It's up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions, as she searches for the mother she may never find or truly know.

 

About Nancy Richler

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NANCY RICHLER's short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals, including The Fiddlehead, Room of One’s Own, and The New Quarterly. Her previous novel, Your Mouth is Lovely, published in eleven countries, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s 2004 Adei Wizo Award. Nancy is the cousin of the famed Canadian writer and literary critic Mordechai Richler. She lives in Montreal.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by St. Martin's Press. 371 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Imposter Bride
All: 8 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 15 2012

Strong imagery and interesting characters populate the novel, but the story slips when it moves to Lily’s point of view.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Nancy Kline on Apr 05 2013

The single disappointment in Richler’s novel is its self-referential ending, too neat and too predictable. Besides which, Proust already did it.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on Dec 10 2012

Richler’s third novel explores emotional devastation that lasts generations, delivering a powerful punch.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Donna Bailey Nurse on Apr 06 2012

For those of us who are not children of survivors...and who have wondered (as I have) how a devastated Jewish family moves forward in faith and love and grace, this novel serves as a gut-wrenching education.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Carolyn Martin on Feb 06 2013

The Imposter Bride is a moving contemplation on the lingering, sometimes insurmountable, aftershocks of monumental loss.

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National Post arts

Above average
on Mar 22 2012

One wishes Richler had ventured into it with less caution, giving readers the opportunity to view her characters in a more varied light than their good intentions and innocence suggest.

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Digital Journal.

Excellent
Reviewed by Chanah Rubenstein on Oct 25 2012

The story and the characters are not ones easily forgotten, even long after you’ve finished reading the story.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Jules Lewis on Mar 23 2012

This is a deep and vast theme. One wishes Richler had ventured into it with less caution, giving readers the opportunity to view her characters in a more varied light than their good intentions and innocence suggest.

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