The Wife's Tale
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... show more
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.
Publish date: February 10th 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Pages no: 353
Edition language: English
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This was the second book I've read by Lori Lansens and I wanted to love it just as much as I had loved The Girls...but the most I can admit to is that The Wife's Tale was okay. Just okay.I actually didn't like Mary very much. I'm not exactly sure why I didn't like her...it's not as if she did anythi...
This one starts off kind of sad. Mary Gooch is on the cusp of her 25th wedding anniversary, totally overweight, and paralyzed by inertia. She remembers the days when the doctors whisper the “obese” word to her mother, she remembers when she lost all that weight and was as carefree as could be. But l...
Didn't like the ending, but as a fellow Canadian expat, I found the northern references hilarious, as only another Canadian can appreciate.
I enjoyed this book - but the ending wasn't up to par for me. I felt like it was an okay ending - but I wanted her husband to come back and see how she'd transformed and made a new way for herself. Just felt like I was waiting for something that never came. But overall it was an enjoyable read.
Mary Gooch has lived her whole life in Leaford, Ontario. Life is not perfect. She has no clothes that fit her to wear to her father’s funeral and the outfit she bought just three weeks ago to wear to her silver anniversary dinner is now too tight. She has a part time job she hates, a house she h...