The Rector's Wife

The Rector's Wife

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by Joanna Trollope
     
 

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For twenty years, Anna Bouverie has been the dutiful wife of a village rector, scraping by on his pitiful salary, making cakes for the church bake sales, ironing (badly) her husband's surplices, and clothing herself and her children in parishioners' hand-me-downs. But when an expected promotion to archdeacon falls through, her husband retreats into bitterness. Anna,… See more details below

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For twenty years, Anna Bouverie has been the dutiful wife of a village rector, scraping by on his pitiful salary, making cakes for the church bake sales, ironing (badly) her husband's surplices, and clothing herself and her children in parishioners' hand-me-downs. But when an expected promotion to archdeacon falls through, her husband retreats into bitterness. Anna, faced by isolation, the lost hope of a better life, and the bullying of her daughter at school, finally rebels. She takes a job in a supermarket, earning money, a sense of her own worth, the disapproval of the parish, and the icy fury of her husband. At the same time she is observed with passionate interest by three men, each of whom plays a role in the part-tragic, part-triumphant blossoming of her life.

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"This is Trollope's finest novel to date.  Prepare to be wittily and wisely entertained by an exceptional writer."
-Carla McKay, Daily Mail

"Like a Barbara Pym novel, though Joanna Trollope has a much stronger grasp than Pym on the tangled web of family life."
-The Times

"The portrayal of the petty frustrations of clerical life is spot on and the novel is elegantly written."
-Sunday Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425155295
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 7.08(h) x 0.93(d)

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