- File Size: 1173 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1912194775
- Publisher: Agora Books (March 28, 2019)
- Publication Date: March 28, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MFZPBP4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Nobody's Wife: A sister's love, a wife's betrayal, a woman's obsession Kindle Edition
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The points of view of all four characters are shown: Michael, Emily's husband who loves her to the point of adoration; Emily, Michael's wife who upon meeting her sister Josephine's boyfriend, feels things she has never felt for her husband; Josephine, who adores her boyfriend and the older sister that was like a mother to her when their own mother abandoned them; and Jack, Josephine's boyfriend who falls hard for Emily, and realizes that what he feels for Josephine is nothing in comparison.
The fates of these four people become entwined in tragic and irrevocable ways, that will leave two people angry and betrayed, while two others don't know if they can ever find happiness again.
Pearson did a wonderful job with character portrayal and complexity. So much so, that in the end, it's difficult to feel contempt for the ones who clearly deserve it. This novel really stands by itself on the topic of "the heart wants what the heart wants" and the consequences of following your desires.
I will add that this is an extremely depressing book. And that I came to despise one of the sisters and how everyone coddled her, how the author seemed to want us to have sympathy for her, no matter how evil and heartless her actions were.
The ending was just more sadness and despair — the entire story seemed to have no point, except making the reader feel awful.
All that said, I do look forward to reading more from this talented author, despite not loving this particular book.
But change is inevitable. As the story opens, Emily has a perfect wedding to Michael. He's older than Emily, but adores and is committed to her. He's solid and safe, if not exciting. His first novel was a success, but he's been struggling to complete his second book, writing travel articles and book reviews in the interim.
Josephine finds the perfect man. Jack works in the local bookstore and writes short stories, He lives in a shabby apartment. His feelings for Josephine are genuine, but not as strong as her feelings for him.
Emily and Josephine are utterly unprepared for what happens after Josephine brings Jack to dinner at Emily and Michael's home. Jack realizes that Michael is the writer whose work he admires, and the two men strike up a friendship. Michael agrees to read Jack's work.
But something else happens on that fateful night. Something is set in motion that will change all of their lives over the course of the coming year.
Laura Pearson elevates what could have been a melodramatic, tawdry tale about infidelity, betrayal, and obsession into a complex, spellbinding examination of the relationship between the sisters and the far-reaching consequences that can result from acting upon attraction and passion.
Nobody's Wife is a character study crafted with precision, believability, and emotional authenticity. Although her characters make ill-advised decisions there are no villains in this story. Rather, Pearson examines their motivations, desires, and actions with sensitivity. As a result, the characters are empathetic -- even relatable -- and Pearson challenges her readers to contemplate what they would do if they found themselves in the same unenviable situation.
One unforgivable betrayal compels the story forward and forces each character to evaluate what matters mot to him/her -- family, loyalty, and doing the right thing vs. fulfillment of desires, surrender to romantic feelings, and respite from feeling unfulfilled.
The prologue reveals that by the end of the book only three of the four will remain and there will be "no going backwards from there." Through Pearson's restrained writing style, she takes readers on her characters' journey to that tragic point sans judgment. Rather, events transpire in a logical manner as the consequences of their choices are revealed.
The result is a compelling drama at the core of which is the complex, multi-layered relationship of Emily and Josephine, and the question of whether they can ever reach a point of forgiveness and resolution.
Nobody's Wife a worthy successor to Pearson's stunning debut work, Missing Pieces.
Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
And so begins this intriguing, if somewhat slow, family drama involving two sisters, Emily and Josephine; Emily's husband, Michael; and Josephine's boyfriend, Jack. This is very much a character driven novel...a slow-burning, thoughtful look at family dynamics, love, and marriage. Laura Pearson, with keen insight, has the enviable ability to pull the reader directly into her story, despite an obvious lack of action.
My main issue, and I imagine probably many of yours, as well, is that neither sister was particularly likable. At best, their choices were questionable. Throughout my time within this story, I was screaming to myself, "Why? WHY would you do that?" Personally, I liked Michael...and only Michael. Not tarnished by a degree of narcissism...he was the only truly selfless character.
The story lightly skims the surface of a one year time span, often bringing up issues, but never really completing the thought or digging deep. After reading the final page, I was plagued by the number of unanswered questions, and wondered what the point actually was? At no time during the reading of this novel did I find a reason for the two guilty parties to be doing what they were doing. Insta-love? Lust? It screamed of petty selfishness.
Nobody's Wife has the bones to be an incredibly beautiful story. Unfortunately, it never reaches that point. Instead, it feels unfinished, full of holes and, ultimately, never surpasses an average rating. 2.5 stars
"Of the four of us only three remained, and there was no going back from that."
**As always, many thanks to NetGalley, Agora Books, and Laura Pearson for an advanced reader's copy, in exchange for my honest opinion.