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A Reliable Wife Paperback – January 5, 2010
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Set in 1907 Wisconsin, Goolrick's fiction debut (after a memoir, The End of the World as We Know It) gets off to a slow, stylized start, but eventually generates some real suspense. When Catherine Land, who's survived a traumatic early life by using her wits and sexuality as weapons, happens on a newspaper ad from a well-to-do businessman in need of a "reliable wife," she invents a plan to benefit from his riches and his need. Her new husband, Ralph Truitt, discovers she's deceived him the moment she arrives in his remote hometown. Driven by a complex mix of emotions and simple animal attraction, he marries her anyway. After the wedding, Catherine helps Ralph search for his estranged son and, despite growing misgivings, begins to poison him with small doses of arsenic. Ralph sickens but doesn't die, and their story unfolds in ways neither they nor the reader expect. This darkly nuanced psychological tale builds to a strong and satisfying close. (Mar.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
The Boston Globe described A Reliable Wife as “a historical potboiler, an organic mystery rooted in the real social ills of turn-of-the-century America.” Certainly, the novel’s characters have their share of secrets and motives while illuminating the social milieu of early 20th-century rural Wisconsin and Gilded Age St. Louis. Psychologically driven, the novel boasts an unusual depth of characters and hypnotic, if at times overly sensuous, prose. Indeed, noted the Washington Post, it is “a gothic tale of such smoldering desire it should be read in a cold shower.” A few critics predicted the final twist, but that did not detract from their praise for this riveting novel of love, loss, forgiveness—and human connection.
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Truitt, and Charlotte soon became a lady to admire for her strength of character and her loving heart. She is definitely a survivor.
The hot and often lengthy love -making that goes on for several pages(Geez Goolrick!Get on with the story)...but as I review the story in my mind I realize that it was important for the reader to feel the depth of emotions and physical pleasures of the characters.
This is the first Goolrick novel I've read. I enjoyed the read so much that I've started "The End of the World As We Know It." which surprisingly is an entirely different story.
It is not really a romance, but I loved it! The two main characters are analyzed so thoroughly, and the thoughts of these two draw the reader into their fantasies, and their even more remarkable lives. It is a heartbreaking book, and the depth of the writing truly stunned me. I think it should be classified in Fiction instead of Romance. Their lives, memories, actions create their reality and we agree to enter it. It wasn't what I call a "slog" like making my way through Les Miserables in French, I was 12. It was fascinating and a mindful character autopsy of why they end up like they do. A gentleman here, Steve, Chided me in a discussion for thinking I wouldn't read this book. I am glad he did, and Steve if you read this I will be happy for any other book suggestions you have. This is a great book, and will be around long after the Ridiculous Regency Romances Romp Away. There a times and places for silly Romances that I love, and will read again; but there are times when you should feed your mind meat instead of chocolate; and this book is one meat for the brain and I am glad that I finished it.