The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens
A Novel

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On the eve of their Silver Anniversary, Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband Jimmy--still every inch the handsome star athlete he was in high school--to come home. As night turns to day, it becomes frighteningly clear to Mary that he is gone. Through the years, disappointment and worry have brought Mary's life to a standstill, and she has let her universe shrink to the well-worn path from the bedroom to the refrigerator. But her husband's disappearance startles her out of her inertia, and she begins a desperate search.

For the first time in her life, she boards a plane and flies across the country to find her lost husband. So used to hiding from the world, Mary finds that in the bright sun and broad vistas of California, she is forced to look up from the pavement. And what she finds fills her with inner strength she's never felt before. Through it all, Mary not only finds kindred spirits, but reunites with a more intimate stranger no longer sequestered by fear and habit: herself.

About Lori Lansens

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Lori Lansens has written several films and is the author of the novel Rush Home Road. This is her second book. She lives in Toronto.
Published February 5, 2010 by Little, Brown and Company. 380 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mary has few friends in her small town in Canada, she doesn't go out, doesn't read the paper, and has almost no concept of the world outside her door.

Jul 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Wife's Tale: A Novel


Implied in the disapproval, Mary knew, "was the disgrace of her voluminous body, the squander of her green eyes and bow lips, her aquiline nose and deep-cleft chin and her soft skin, like risen dough, with no worry lines to speak of, which was remarkable because, when she wasn't eating, that's wh...

Oct 19 2009 | Read Full Review of The Wife's Tale: A Novel

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