The Wife's Tale

The Wife's Tale

eBook - 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.

Publisher: Toronto :, Knopf Canada,, 2009
ISBN: 9780307373045
Characteristics: 1 online resource (374 pages)
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Jan 16, 2019

It was a page turner, --- which is part of the psychological profile presented of Mary Gooch. And how Mary slowly moved into leading a life of .... helping people in need. I appreciated the social awareness Mary developed through the pages. The writing is strong; the story is both sad and glad; it is a deep profile of a woman's mind and emotions as she runs head on into the shock of a life-change.

Aug 31, 2016

I loved The Girls, so was interested to read this book. I forced myself to read until the end, but was left feeling "meh". IMHO, the author got lazy. This was not worth the time I spent reading it.

Apr 28, 2016

I typically love her books, and this one was no exception.. Until the last third of it. It was a very ..lazy ending.
It felt like several chapters must have been missing from the book, however sadly that's not the case.

Jul 12, 2014

I really lovely read.

wisewood Nov 20, 2012

I enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining..however I was dissappointed at the ending..and left wondering what the heck happened...

Sep 09, 2012

I could not wait to find out what happens to Mary Gooch!! Absolutely loved this book, and though the ending seemed abrupt and I didn't get some questions answered, I realize it was the right ending! Great writing by a local author! Gonna reserve another book by Lori Lansens!

Jun 20, 2012

This book allows you to vividly experience what goes on inside the mind of an obese woman also flashing back to her difficulties as an obese child and adolescent. Lansen makes her characters so real you leave her books feeling as though they were someone you met and knew intimately. Lansen has the power and creativity to not only develop her characters to the point you feel you actually knew them, but she is also a wonderful story-teller that keeps the pages turning quickly. Also read 'Rush Home Road' by this author....AMAZING book that sticks in my mind like no other!!

Feb 12, 2012

I did not find the book as engaging as "Rush Home Road" (read this three times!) or "The Girls". However, I feel that "The Wife's Tale" would make for an entertaining movie.

ksoles May 19, 2011

Last year, I raved about Lori Lansens' "The Girls," an amazing novel about conjoined twins living in rural Ontario. Lansens' new book, "The Wife's Tale," has a lighter tone but is no less engaging or thought-provoking. It chronicles the self-actualization of Mary Gooch, the damaged and alienated protagonist whose weight tops 300 pounds. When Mary's husband fails to return home on the night of the couple's 25th wedding anniversary, Mary embarks on a literal and symbolic journey on which she meets a cast of misfits, unlikely mentors and friends.

Mary’s mission to find her husband reveals human strengths and limitations and also foregrounds such painful issues as racism, alienation, poverty and, especially, hunger. For Mary, food makes due as a substitute for that which she can't name or define and therein lies the most powerful theme of the novel: to be stricken with hunger is more of a spiritual deprivation than a physical one.

kstarrb5 May 03, 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mary was a very believable character and it was a joy to see her transformation.

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