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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Co; First Edition edition (1928)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00085T9KE
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,570,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Bishop's Wife

ABA IndieNext Selection for January, 2015
An ABA IndieBound Bestseller
PLA LibraryReads Selection for January, 2015
A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Book of Fall 2014


The Bishop’s Wife has good reason to draw a large readership. It places heavy emphasis on domestic abuse and on the question of how dangerous fire-breathing extremists really are. The man who inveighs against women as whores and sinners may or may not be anything worse than a crank. The man who speaks sanctimoniously of them may be much worse . . . That’s why Ms. Harrison’s Linda is such a welcome character: In her role as Sister Wallheim, she encourages women to speak freely, at least to her, and to escape the shame that has burdened some of them since childhood."
Janet Maslin, The New York Times

"Excellent . . . Watching Linda Wallheim take on the church and its entitled male members as she unravels the mystery of Carrie's and Helena's disappearances is one of the chief pleasures of this richly detailed debut."
—The Los Angeles Times

"Eye-opening . . . A novel so far from my reality I needed a telescope, but I think that's why I enjoyed this debut so much."
—Carole E. Barrowman, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

"Intelligent and wry. In Linda’s dealings with her husband’s flock, author Mette Ivie Harrison gives us a rare neutral treatment of Mormonism . . . Refreshing."
—The Raleigh News & Observer

"Poses interesting questions about community in scenes that unfold against local backdrops."
—The Salt Lake City Tribune

"A great mystery . . . A novel that’s well worth reading, either all night long or during a particularly boring Sacrament meeting."
Standard-Examiner

"With a plot that is ripped from the headlines and an insightful look into Mormon culture, The Bishop's Wife is the perfect combination of mystery and intrigue."
—Bookreporter.com

"A bit like an Agatha Christie mystery: a missing woman, a detestable husband, and a little girl caught in the balance . . . The Bishop’s Wife takes readers behind the glossy exterior of the Mormon Church and directly into the Bishop’s private—and not-so-private—home and office."
—Salt Lake Magazine

"A very intriguing and captivating mystery . . . [I] just wanted to read it without stopping."
—Fresh Fiction

"Harrison carefully crafts the clues to lead organically to a big plot twist and a change in direction later in the book that feels earned and believable. Not every writer is skilled enough to pull that off!"
—Unshelved

"Even without the two mysteries the book would have been an interesting read as readers follow Linda's struggles with her faith . . . Because of the broader scope of this book, I would strongly recommend the book for book groups—the discussions could last a lifetime."
—Reviewing the Evidence

"I highly recommend The Bishop’s Wife as a great work of women’s fiction. It would be an excellent choice for a book club as Mette Ivie Harrison digs deep into issues that face all women providing substantial material for discussion."
—Luxury Reading

"Do not avoid reading this book because you fear being bogged down by theological rambling. You won't be. Instead you'll be drawn into a story about a very interesting woman whose conscience will not let her stand idly by. Like so many other characters in crime fiction, Linda will not rest until she's found the truth."
—Kittling Books

"One of those stories you can’t stop reading until you find out what happens next... Harrison weaves a tale of deception and treachery that takes the reader on a twisting and mysterious path."
—Oceana Herald-Journal

“A wonderfully written mystery . . . The Bishop’s Wife is not only a great story, but a revealing look at Mormonism and its followers.”
—New York Journal of Books

"Harrison makes her adult debut with a stunning contemporary mystery set in Mormon country . . . [She] easily transports readers into a world most will find as unfamiliar as a foreign country."
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review

"The mystery surrounding Carrie drives the plot, but Linda herself is the most compelling thing about young adult author Harrison’s debut adult mystery about a world she knows well."
—Booklist, STARRED Review

"Adds twists aplenty to an insider's look at a religion replete with its own mysteries."
—Kirkus Reviews

"A novel that is comfortable with leaving us uncomfortable. Or, rather, that manages to leave us comfortable in our discomfort. Which is to say that I found The Bishop’s Wife an honest book."
—A Motley Vision

“Critically acclaimed author Mette Ivie Harrison's mystery debut is an insider's nuanced look at the workings of the Mormon church. Beautifully written, and spellbinding in its unflinching examination of marriage, family and faith, The Bishop's Wife is an absolute must-read!”
—Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Through the Evil Days

“Set against the unusual backdrop of a tight-knit Mormon congregation, The Bishop’s Wife is both a terrific crime novel and a wrenching story of faith, doubt, and personal tragedy.”
—Michael Wallace, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of The Righteous

“Don't be deceived by the unassuming heroine and quiet start of The Bishop's Wife. In this gripping and contemplative mystery, a woman who most people would identify as living an ordinary life discovers she is the only one willing to pursue a dangerous puzzle. As she uncovers layers of deceit she struggles to remain true to her deeply courageous self.” 
—Kate Elliott, bestselling author of the Spiritwalker Trilogy

"Turns a critical eye toward some long-held norms of a historically patriarchal religion. Throw in a wickedly twisted mystery—actually, two—and you have the makings of a page-turner that is revealing and thought-provoking."
—The Hutchinson News


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About the Author

Mette Ivie Harrison is the author of numerous books for young adults. She holds a PhD in German literature from Princeton University and is a nationally ranked triathlete. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she lives in Utah with her husband and five children.


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on November 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is another winning novel from the pen of Robert Nathan. An angel by the name of Michael comes to fill a vacancy on the staff of a local bishop, a man who sees himself as pious but is more interested in the finances of the church and wishes to add another cathedral to the two he already controls. Whether Michael is heaven-sent is debatable for he develops a lusty interest in the bishop's wife. Her life with her husband is rather hum-drum and empty of love (not to mention passion), which Michael detects right away. He offers her a proposition: stay with your husband or come with me and experience carnal bliss. It's a test, of course, but it's probably not too hard to guess what she chooses. Nathan is careful not to portray Michael in a sleazy, deviant manner but rather pictures him to be, well, angelic. He writes in a simple prose style, often duplicating the style one might read in a fairy tale. It's probably not to everyone's taste, but I've found all the books of his I've read so far to be intriguing and thought-provoking.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Saeli on September 19, 2007
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This is one of those rare times when the movie is much better than the book! If you love the movie the book won't enhance it. It's too serious and a bit depressing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grippy on August 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
thus should not be compared. The movie is always changed from the book to appeal to visual.

The book makes you use your brain and thus you can create it the way you want.

This is a fine read and it will raise questions that you can discuss with your book chums.

The only thing to discuss about the movie: Was the skating scene waaaayyyy to long?
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At 88 pages, this is more of a novella than a novel. As others have commented, do not read this if you are expecting the story told in the two movie adaptations. This was not meant to be a charming, "feel-good" holiday tale with a happy ending. However, if you would like to read a well-written story that touches on questions regarding love in all its aspects and the role of religion in modern times (this was written in 1928), by all means, give this a try. It's not a long read, not a light read, but it is a good read.

My only complaint about this book was not the content, but the typos. It's bad enough to find them in the text, but to see obvious mistakes in the pop-up "About the Author" is just wrong. There wasn't enough of them for me to say don't buy this book, but enough to be annoying. Amazon, fix this!
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By Barbara on January 13, 2014
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The book was not what I expected it to be, quite different from the movie . Also the ending could have been\
a little more complete.
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By ERIKA STEPHENSON on January 7, 2014
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Got it after watching the movie, liked the book as well. First book I read that Robert Nathan wrote, good writer.
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I guess I was expecting something close to the movie which I found delightful; however, I found the only resemblance was: The title, bishop's and his wife's names, and the bishop wants to build a cathedral. I feel this is a case where the movie was better than the book--or as I said above, "Maybe I missed something."
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By Kathleen Baugh on February 18, 2013
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Unfortunately the book did not have the same charm as the classic movie, but was glad to have read it.
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More About the Author

Author of such revered books as PORTRAIT OF JENNIE, THE BISHOP'S WIFE, MR. WHITTLE AND THE MORNING STAR, and STONECLIFF, Robert Nathan was born in New York City in 1894 and was educated at private schools in the United States and Switzerland. While attending Harvard University where he was a classmate with E.E. Cummings, Nathan was an editor of the Harvard Monthly, in which his first stories and poems appeared.

While at Cambridge, Nathan also found the time to become an accomplished cellist, a lightweight boxer, and Captain of the fencing team. After leaving college, Mr. Nathan devoted his time exclusively to writing until his passing in 1985. Early on, Nathan's work strengthened his reputation with both the public and peers. F. Scott Fitzgerald once referred to Robert Nathan as his favorite writer. During this period, the legendary Louis B. Mayer contracted him to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. Nathan ultimately didn't enjoy the experience, though the movie industry continually craved his work. Five of his novels have been made into films.

The aforementioned "Portrait of Jennie" and "The Bishop's Wife," as well as "One More Spring," "Wake Up and Dream" (from the novel "The Enchanted Voyage") and "Color of Evening." Robert Nathan was the author of over fifty volumes of novels, poetry, and plays, and from this body of distinguished work he acquired a reputation as a master of satiric fantasy unique in American Letters. In the twilight of his career he was known as "The Dean of Author's," since many prominent writers including Irving Stone and Irving Wallace sought out Nathan's guidance. A member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters for fifty years, Mr. Nathan called both Cape Cod and California home. Happily, his last fifteen years were spent in the companionship of his wife, English born actress, Anna Lee.

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