The Wife's Tale

The Wife's Tale

A Novel

Book - 2010 | 1st United States ed.
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On the eve of their Silver Anniversary, Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband Jimmy 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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010, c2009.
Edition: 1st United States ed.
ISBN: 9780316069311
0316069310
Branch Call Number: FIC LANSENS
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 25 cm.

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duckster
Aug 31, 2016

I loved The Girls, so was interested to read this book. I forced myself to read until the end, but was left feeling "meh". IMHO, the author got lazy. This was not worth the time I spent reading it.

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JenLMM
Apr 28, 2016

I typically love her books, and this one was no exception.. Until the last third of it. It was a very ..lazy ending.
It felt like several chapters must have been missing from the book, however sadly that's not the case.

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sfogs
Jul 12, 2014

I really lovely read.

wisewood Nov 20, 2012

I enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining..however I was dissappointed at the ending..and left wondering what the heck happened...

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bookpusher
Sep 09, 2012

I could not wait to find out what happens to Mary Gooch!! Absolutely loved this book, and though the ending seemed abrupt and I didn't get some questions answered, I realize it was the right ending! Great writing by a local author! Gonna reserve another book by Lori Lansens!

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loribetho
Jun 20, 2012

This book allows you to vividly experience what goes on inside the mind of an obese woman also flashing back to her difficulties as an obese child and adolescent. Lansen makes her characters so real you leave her books feeling as though they were someone you met and knew intimately. Lansen has the power and creativity to not only develop her characters to the point you feel you actually knew them, but she is also a wonderful story-teller that keeps the pages turning quickly. Also read 'Rush Home Road' by this author....AMAZING book that sticks in my mind like no other!!

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momofthree
Feb 12, 2012

I did not find the book as engaging as "Rush Home Road" (read this three times!) or "The Girls". However, I feel that "The Wife's Tale" would make for an entertaining movie.

ksoles May 19, 2011

Last year, I raved about Lori Lansens' "The Girls," an amazing novel about conjoined twins living in rural Ontario. Lansens' new book, "The Wife's Tale," has a lighter tone but is no less engaging or thought-provoking. It chronicles the self-actualization of Mary Gooch, the damaged and alienated protagonist whose weight tops 300 pounds. When Mary's husband fails to return home on the night of the couple's 25th wedding anniversary, Mary embarks on a literal and symbolic journey on which she meets a cast of misfits, unlikely mentors and friends.

Mary’s mission to find her husband reveals human strengths and limitations and also foregrounds such painful issues as racism, alienation, poverty and, especially, hunger. For Mary, food makes due as a substitute for that which she can't name or define and therein lies the most powerful theme of the novel: to be stricken with hunger is more of a spiritual deprivation than a physical one.

kstarrb5 May 03, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mary was a very believable character and it was a joy to see her transformation.

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seaspirit
Mar 30, 2010

Lansens creates very real characters. Her depiction of Mary and her struggles was almost too honest at times. While I enjoyed the story it was not as compelling as her previous 2 novels.

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