A Lost Wife's Tale

A Lost Wife's Tale

by Marion McGilvary
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A Lost Wife's Tale by Marion McGilvary

“Suspenseful and gripping.”

Sunday Telegraph (UK)


A woman abandons her past—and the best friend with whom she was once inseparable—in Marion McGilvary’s startling novel, A Lost Wife’s Tale. A riveting story of love, betrayal, and living in a strange city under the shadow of an impossible choice, this provocative novel is certain to inspire strong emotions and heated discussions—not unlike The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and other novels known for their “talkability.” Already highly acclaimed in Great Britain, the American edition of A Lost Wife’s Tale is set in New York City—and author McGilvary brilliant captures Manhattan’s unique color and atmosphere for a U.S. audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061766091
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marion McGilvary was restaurant critic for the Financial Times for three years and was short-listed for a Glenfiddich Food and Drink Award. She has written for numerous publications in the UK, including The Times, The Observer, Vogue, Marie Claire, Women's Journal, and GQ. She has written and illustrated several children's books and is the author of two books based on her columns in the Times and Observer. She lives in London.

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Edith Lutz has run away. She obtains work as a housekeeper to publisher Adam Davenport by lying about her background. However, Edith seems to always look back as if she expects someone to come up to her and say gotcha. As Edith and Adam become better acquainted they are attracted to one another. However, though she wants more, Edith never stays around for relationships of the heart as she learned as a child they always lead to misery. Still she wants to stay as Adam loves her, but her lies are catching up to her as her past has too, which means it is time to run again before she is hurt if he unmasks the real Edith. Edith holds the tale together as the viewpoints are mostly seen through her eyes and the story line rotates between her present and her past. She is a fascinating protagonist though in spite of her abusive childhood never fully garners reader empathy and loses that when a relative arrives searching for her. Interestingly the other key cast members even to a degree Adam in the present but especially her family in the past are predominantly seen through Edith's filter so the latter cannot "defend" themselves. Readers who relish a strong character study will want to understand Edie's tale. Harriet Klausner