Imposter Bride

Paperback | October 16, 2012

byNancy Richler

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A young, enigmatic woman-Lily Azerov-arrives in postwar Montreal expecting to meet her betrothed, Sol Kramer. When Sol sees Lily at the train station, however, he turns her down. His brother, Nathan, sees Lily and instantly decides to marry her.

But Lily is not who she claims to be, and her attempt to live a quiet life as Nathan Kramer's wife shatters when she disappears, leaving her baby daughter with only a diary, an uncut diamond and a need to discover the truth.

Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why did she leave and where did she go? It is up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions as she searches for the mother she may never find or truly know.

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A young, enigmatic woman-Lily Azerov-arrives in postwar Montreal expecting to meet her betrothed, Sol Kramer. When Sol sees Lily at the train station, however, he turns her down. His brother, Nathan, sees Lily and instantly decides to marry her.But Lily is not who she claims to be, and her attempt to live a quiet life as Nathan Kramer'...

NANCY RICHLER’s short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals, includingRoom of One’s Own,The New Quarterly,Prairie Fire,Another Chicago MagazineandThe Journey Prize Anthology. Her first novel,Throwaway Angels, was published in 1996 and was shortlisted for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443404039

ISBN - 13:9781443404037

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Set in Canada Love that this is set in Canada. Great to see this story with places that are recgonizable the characters can be seen moving from place to place in your imagination.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick read I enjoyed this novel, the era and setting appealed to my taste in historical fiction. Unfortunately the most inteesting character is not fully developed.
Date published: 2015-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Quick read Repetitious and dragging, the ending reads like the author got bored. Great topic it could have been so much better.
Date published: 2014-05-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Imposter Bride Slow to start but once into it an interesting story of human dynamics. Take the time to get past the first chapters and you will finding a readable and enable book.:-)
Date published: 2014-05-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Imposter Bride Good read but hard to follow each characters story. Enjoyed it!
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read but... I liked the story but the transitions between whose thoughts or perceptions it was was sometimes unclear. The jumping around from person to person was a bit annoying. It would have been better from just one or two points of view. It was an interesting read.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Imposter Bride A fairly good read. However, the most interesting character was not well developed and we're left guessing about her for most of the book.
Date published: 2014-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Imposter Bride I didn't like this book too much. It didn't do much for me and I thought it quite repetitious. Sorry !
Date published: 2013-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The imposter bride Beginning in post WW2 Montreal and ending in 2005 the novel is about a young Jewish woman who seeks a new life in Canada after losing her family in the Holocaust.. However things are not what they seem. Intriguing book I highly recommend
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not bad. Surprised me. Not usually my style but liked this novel
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed Expected a much better read
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing read. I was honestly very disappointed with this book. I was expecting much more out of it and it just left me flat. I felt there wasn't really much that happened, it didn't have much conflict and was kind of boring. The saving grace for it was that it was very well written. I expected it to be more of a story about the imposter bride rather than about the girl whining about not knowing her mother. Overall just disappointed.
Date published: 2013-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keeps you wondering and turning the pages This book is written in a style that jumps back and forth, from present to past to in-between...sometimes you have to get your bearings first when you start a chapter but this book is worth the effort. From the very beginning, I wanted to know what was the ending going to be. Would it all 'work out'? Would you get your Hollywood happy ending? You won't but it's good. The ending is fitting. It has a 'feel-good moral of the story is'. I liked it a lot! I don't think it's a guy kind of book although my husband is reading it. I did keep me hooked. I kept looking forward to reading it, even if it was only ten minutes that I had to myself. The characters are well-rounded; solid characters; real characters. It is a book that leaves you with questions and if you don't like that, you might not like it. The main character is lovable, you could give her a big squeeze.
Date published: 2013-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cuoldn't have imagined what it would have been like. Enjoyed! What would you do when you lost all and were running to survive with the enemy hot on your tail? Now in a new land and to be married to man who leaves his bride at the train station. Follow Lily (or who she is pretending to be) and her daughter's life journey to find themselves and how they deal with the lies in their lives. Intriguing read.
Date published: 2013-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Informative, moving even if it is fiction Liked that the family was Jewish and lived in Montreal. Lots of realistic relationships
Date published: 2013-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read! From the opening pages, this book connected me to my parents in a way no other book has. My parents, while not Jewish, did experience the horrors of the Second World War. The circumstances surrounding The Imposter Bride's journey to Canada are all too familiar with anyone who has relatives that survived the war. Nancy Richler weaves a wonderful story that left this reader with a sense of nostalgia for the war stories of my parents. A beautifully written story with just enough secrets and lies to satisfy most readers The Imposter Bride focuses around the title character's daughter and the family she was born into. The story gets off to a slow start but builds on the relationships and binds you to the story. In the end, it comes to a nicely crafted conclusion. This reader would highly recommend reading it. It was a wonderful journey.
Date published: 2013-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The imposter bride Enjoyed this book,it was hard to get into a first. Flipping between times sometimes changes the speed of the book. Overall good read
Date published: 2013-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Imposter Bride Nancy Richler's paternal grandmother immigrated to Canada expecting to marry upon her arrival. When she disembarked, however, the prospective groom rejected her. Richler's grandmother's story inspired The Imposter Bride. A woman travelling under the name Lily Azerov arrives in Canada. At the train station she watches as the people around her meet loved ones and then disappear into the city of Montreal. One by one the travellers dissipate until Lily stands alone. Her husband-to-be has seen her, and doesn't want her. The novel begins with the powerful emotions unearthed by rejection, strangeness in a strange land, and courage in the face of abandonment. As the novel unfolds, Richler explores how identity and origins, or lack of knowledge about them, affect us. Richler expertly manages her characters' journeys through loss and re-discovery. Richler does jump points of view—occasionally we have to remind ourselves who is doing the thinking, or wonder why we know what someone is thinking—but it doesn't disrupt the flow of the story. Set in Jewish Montreal, this is a Canadian novel without the oppressive bleakness to which so many Canadian authors are prone. It explores the horrific repercussions of the Holocaust without heavy-handedness. It features heartbreak without despair and hope without sappiness. The sympathetic characters live a compelling story. An enjoyable read.
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Picked this up in an airport to kill time. Turned out to be a great read that I had a hard time putting down after the firs few chapters.
Date published: 2012-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Canadian Lit! I have really become a fan of Canadian Literature lately, and this book was amazing and just what I needed to add to my pile! Just reading the synopsis got me really excited, I love mystery type books and this one sounded really interesting to me, a story about a woman who isn't really who she says she is, right up my alley! I have to admit that it took me awhile to figure out the book because each chapter jumps back and forth between the character of Lily before she leaves and then her daughter growing up without the mother. It was a little difficult to figure out who I was following but after awhile I did get the hang of it. Once I figured out where I was in the story I found I enjoyed the differing stories because I found you got more of a sense of all the characters in the story. Throughout the story you see Ruth ('Lily's' daughter) grow up. And it's interesting to see how Ruth handles living without her mother and how she as she grows she searches for the answers to all her questions. I really enjoyed seeing how Ruth deals with losing her mother twice (first being when she walked out and the second time when Ruth is finally told that Lily was not her mother's real name). Nancy Richler does a great job bringing this mystery about, especially trying to figure out who the woman really is and how she came about with the name of Lily Azerov. The story was intriguing and when you find out how she came about with Lily's name it was an interesting story to hear. I really enjoyed the addition of family members of the real Lily to add to the story. The family dynamic written in this was well done as well. It`s nice to see the differing family situations of the characters and how they all come together to help one another. I could really connect with this family dynamic because I grew up with a very close family, always getting together with uncles and aunts whenever possible. And this is the kind of family that Ruth grows up with, everyone bands together to help raise this little girl that has lost her mother. I definitely recommend this book! Great Canadian literature, hope to see more from Nancy soon.
Date published: 2012-03-27

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?With delicacy and warmth, Richler weaves together the threads of a family: its closeness and secrets, opaqueness and hidden beauty, like the uncut gem whose mystery haunts these realistic characters.? ? DAPHNE KALOTAY, author of Russian Winter