The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens

The Wife's Tale

byLori Lansens

Kobo ebook | August 18, 2009

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It’s the eve of her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband, Jimmy, to come home. But Mary isn’t just waiting for Jimmy. She is waiting for a mother who accepts her, children she is unable to have, a life beyond the well-worn path from her bedroom to the refrigerator. Mary is waiting for her life to start.
As she waits for Jimmy, the night passes into day and it becomes clear that he isn’t coming home. A letter left in the mailbox confirms her worst fears and Mary is left alone to make a difficult decision. Should she break free from her inertia and salvage her marriage? Or is the pull of the familiarity of her home, the predictability of her daily routines, too strong to resist?
For the first time in her life, Mary decides to leave and boards a plane to California. She flies across the country in a desperate attempt to find her husband. The clothes, the marriage, the home that had given her a place to hide for so long are all gone. Mary soon finds that the bright sun and broad vistas of California force her to look up from the pavement, stop waiting and start living. What she finds when she does is an inner strength she’s never felt before. Through it all, Mary not only finds kindred spirits, but reunites with a more intimate stranger no longer sequestered by fear and habit: herself.

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Title:The Wife's TaleFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 18, 2009Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307373045

ISBN - 13:9780307373045

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page turner I really love Larsen's prose. The book was very well written and I enjoyed reading it at a much slower pace than I usually read. Mary's struggle with her weight and her "obeast" was very well described and I'm sure will resonate with many readers. Her inability to pry herself away from the obsession of waiting for her husband Gooch is understandable considering her life is one of a marriage of 25 years and that is almost her only identity.However, I too felt the ending dropped off too quickly, with almost no conclusion of what will happen with Gooch now that she has found herself. I would have liked more but I still enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dissapointing I realize several readers enjoyed this book , but for me it was not a good read. Perhaps it is just my taste in books but I found it dragged on . I actually skipped several pages. I id however enjoy most of her other books.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dissapointing I have read a few of Lori Lansen's books and really enjoyed them. However, this one was a real letdown for me. I was disappointed . This is the story of a woman named Mary . Her life is turned upside down when her husband walks out on her. I The story is about Mary's journey to self acceptance of herself . I found it just kept on saying pretty much the same thing over and over. Maybe others enjoyed this story but for me Nope!!
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just so so I'm giving this book 3 stars because it kept me engaged and I found I wanted to know the end result of Mary's dilemma. One of two stars lacking is due to the conclusion, or lack thereof. I know there are literary techniques and mysterious endings left up to only our imaginations - this was not the case with The Wife's Tale . To me, it felt like the ending had been torn out of the book and I was looking for the place where the missing pages should be. Mary's tale and her struggle with food and marriage was entertaining but I think she was not an example of a strong woman. The only reason she even loses weight is because she mysteriously loses her taste for food which isn't very believable. In reality people with marriage struggles do not have their spouse up and disappear one day leaving them $25,000 in their bank account to spend however they would like, in this case an extended trip to California. I felt like Mary was constantly waiting, waiting for her food addiction to disappear, waiting for husband to come back, waiting for the world to fall into her lap. All this to say, it was still a good read and kept me engaged but not highly realistic.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Yes a great book, not at all what I expected. Inspired good discussion
Date published: 2016-08-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Left me hanging As a fan of Lori Lansens I am sorry to say that I was disappointed by her latest novel. This is the story of a woman with self esteem issues who's life is turned upside down when her husband walks out on her. I actually didn't mind Mary, even though it was tough to read her self depricating thoughts and descriptions of food binging, what I found disappointing was that I listened to her pine for "Gooch" for 300+ pages and in the end, there was no resolution at all with him. I get that the point of the novel was one woman's journey to self acceptance, but she should have at least tied it off by having Mary come to the realization that she'd outgrown him and have her either start a new life in the States or go home to Canada by herself. I hate when I invest my time and an author leaves me hanging!
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down I was surprized that it was a "keep you reading book". I admire the beauty of the words. The thought provoking sequences. I spent the entire book walking on the surface waiting for the return, I finished the book knowing it was so much more! Thank you Lori for a wonderful addition to my shelf and a tale I can share with others.
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK It was an ok book, but it did not really engage me. I had a hard time connecting to the main character. It was well written, for sure, just not the story for me.
Date published: 2010-07-12