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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; Reissue edition (October 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425170551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425170557
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,120,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is Trollope's finest novel to date.  Prepare to be wittily and wisely entertained by an exceptional writer."
-Carla McKay, Daily Mail

"Like a Barbara Pym novel, though Joanna Trollope has a much stronger grasp than Pym on the tangled web of family life."
-The Times

"The portrayal of the petty frustrations of clerical life is spot on and the novel is elegantly written."
-Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Publisher

"This is Trollope's finest novel to date. Prepare to be wittily and wisely entertained by an exceptional writer."
-Carla McKay, Daily Mail

"Like a Barbara Pym novel, though Joanna Trollope has a much stronger grasp than Pym on the tangled web of family life."
-The Times

"The portrayal of the petty frustrations of clerical life is spot on and the novel is elegantly written."
-Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


More About the Author

Joanna Trollope has been writing fiction for more than 30 years. Some of her best known works include The Rector's Wife (her first #1 bestseller), A Village Affair, Other People's Children, and Marrying the Mistress. She was awarded the OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honors List for services to literature. She lives in England.

Customer Reviews

A wonderful story and wonderful characters.
Sonia
There was a shocking event towards the end, which I thought was unnecessary and a bit far fetched, and led to too tidy and ending, but I am not sorry I read the book.
Dana R. Casella
The steps she takes to find meaning and make a better life for herself and her daughter were realistic and, because they were realistic, inspiring.
Susaninacloud

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on December 6, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read just about all of Joanna Trollope's wonderful books, I have come to regard "The Rector's Wife" as her very best, for so many reasons.
For those of us who have ever felt the despair of knowing that love alone cannot save a marriage; for those of us who have been drawn into a loved-one's depression and cannot break free; and for any mother alive who has had a hurting, unpopular child--this book describes feelings that are impossible to put into words.
Anna Bouverie (yes, I see the parallel to Madame Bovary, but Anna has more soul) is the wife of a village rector. Her life is rigidly circumscribed by the expectations of her husband's parisioners. Thus, it is important that she head certain "rotas" (I love that word; British for "rotations," meaning committee members who take turns doing church chores). It is imperative that she appear impeccable in her clothing, her behavior, her mothering, and just about everything else. This is not easy, as her stolid, dogmatic husband Peter makes such a paltry living that their children have to wear parishioners' second-hand giveaways. In fact, the Bouveries are living in a kind of static hell, although nobody but poor, miserable schoolgirl Flora seems to realize it, and her perceptions are all about being a misfit in her horrid school.
Peter and Anna are sustained by a bright vision of the future: Peter hopes to be named archdeacon, which will change their circumstances considerably. The bitter loss of this hope is the catalyst that eventually destroys Peter--and sets Anna free.
As Peter sinks inexorably into a deep, surly depression, Anna's attempts to reach him, to connect as they did when their marriage was young, are angrily rebuffed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Krista on October 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The beautiful Anna Bouverie (echoes of Madame Bovary) has lived for twenty years as the wife a poorly paid rural rector and mother to their two children. Her half-hearted approach to tasks at church disappoints the meddlesome, but well-intentioned, ladies of the church committee.
When her husband is turned down for a much-needed promotion, Anna takes matters into her own hands. In order to raise money for her daughter's private school tuition and her son's road trip to India, Anna takes on a job at the local supermarket. To the consternation of the church ladies, the outrage of her husband, the embarrassment of her son, and her own personal delight, she keeps the job even after her money woes are lightened by the award of a scholarship to her daughter.
The job begins a broadening of Anna's perspective that extends beyond produce and canned goods. As she attracts both the notice and the desire of several men, she turns to one for the affection that is missing from her relationship with her husband.
Although it has its share of sadness and tragic turns, overall this is a story of personal growth and self discovery. Trollope's lucid prose and incisive characterizations make the book a pleasure to read.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Cowell on June 8, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All I can say is I love this book so much and have read it about five times. More than the story of a rector's wife, it's the story of a sensitive, caring woman trying to keep all the needs of her family together and yet care for them in her own way...in this case taking a job so she can send her daughter to private school. The small act of this job is a terrible affront to the wage earning of her husband and the small English parish. Her children are so real and so is her life. It deeply deeply touches me. There are not many books I read so often, but this is one of them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 22, 1999
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I typically avoid contemporary British authors, finding them too provincial, or worse, cutesy for my American palate. I picked up "The Rector's Wife" because the title reminded me of one of my favorite movies, "The Bishop's Wife", not expecting to find between its modest paper covers, a modern literary classic. I have revisited Anna Bouverie and her world many times since, and I never find a word that rings false. In her creation of a modern English village, and a dying middle-class marriage, Joanna Trollope's aim is absolutely true. In Anna, Trollope creates a character that haunts the reader with her authenticity; she could be anyone's daughter, sister or friend putting a bright outward face on the wreck of a stifling marriage while soldiering bravely on. Although our sympathies lie with Anna, she is not always an easy person to like; her acid tongue and occasional temper tantrums bring a very human dimension to her character, which saves her from being merely a cardboard rendering of the blameless, wronged wife. I'm not sure Trollope would agree, but it seems to me that Anna brings a great deal of unhappiness upon herself by her tardy realization that she made a hasty marriage to a man who was utterly wrong for her. Faced with this knowledge, too late, she chooses a self-serving path. Because the story is mostly from Anna's point of view, her husband Peter comes out much the worse for it; he is seen through Anna's eyes as the instigator of all of her misery, even though he is also victimized in his own way by marriage to Anna, who turns out to be both much more and much less than he bargained for as his wife.Read more ›
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