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Novel About My Wife Paperback – August 5, 2008
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This is an odd, moody little book. The narrator is a man named Tom, who is an out-of-work screenwriter. He is married to an Australian woman named Ann, who in her very early 40's and now expecting their first child.
The story basically takes place the final few months of Ann's pregnancy although there are flashbacks (via a document that looks like a screenplay) about the time Ann and Tom were newlyweds in Fiji. And even before that...
From Tom, we know from the literally the first sentence that Ann is dead. We know that Tom is devastated, and through his narration we witness what led up to this. We are introduced to several characters, including fellow screenwriters and best friends and one woman who is a spiritualist. We also, through Tom's eyes, see Ann's odd behavior. She tells Tom she is being followed by a strange man, but it is only at the end whether we find out if this is true or not.
For me, the best part of this book is that it was disconcerting - in a good way. We are never entirely sure what is going on, and we are left wondering, like Tom, about his wife's well-being and sanity.
The problem for me was that the book was surprisingly not a page-turner. Usually I love books like this, but for some reason whenever I put this book down I wasn't that interested in picking it up again. That is until that last several pages, when I did enjoy it more. I also have to say that when I read the last page, I felt like I should read the whole book over again - not so much because I liked it as much as I felt like I didn't completely understand it. I'm not sure whether this was my fault because it took me so long to read the book, or a problem with the book itself.
I found this novel rather dark. To begin with I just didn't like it - it jumped around a lot which annoyed me. However it did improve as the story began to unfold. My reading is often done in bed with a couple of chapters each night. This book didn't have any chapters until right at the end!
He tells of their meeting and falling in love, his passion for her although he begins to understand that he doesn't really know her.
Anne seems a credible character until she is involved in a train accident and consequently describes a man she keeps seeing and is convinced will attack her. Everyone is concerned, until her claims become preposterous.
At the same time Anne is pregnant and gives birth to Arlo.
We are never quite sure whether she's mad or bohemian, whether he's naive or vacant or lovely.
The novel is written in such a way that we don't quite understand how Anne dies and the suspense builds right to the end. The husband's voiced is beautifully captured and we develop a lot of sympathy for him.
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