Single Wife

Single Wife

by Nina Solomon


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Grace Brookman's husband is missing. He wasn't kidnapped or murdered (she's fairly certain); he just seems to have run away from home. He got up one morning, and with an offhand "Gracie, I'll be back in a little while," he was gone. Laz had left before, but this time, when several weeks pass and he doesn't return, Grace copes with the situation by pretending to family and friends that he's still around.

At first, Grace covers for Laz in little ways: rumpling the sheets on his side of the bed every morning for the housekeeper, turning up his favorite music so the neighbors will hear it, leaving the doorman a daily cup of coffee, just as Laz always did. Soon Grace's life is completely consumed with re-creating his life.

Over time the deception takes on a life of its own as her charade becomes more elaborate and she begins lying to friends and family, even her overbearing, ever-present Upper East Side parents. Grace finds herself steeped in denial about the truth of her husband's disappearance-and the truth about him, as clues arise to suggest that he isn't the man she thought he was.

In the spirit of Laura Zigman and Jennifer Weiner, Nina Solomon gives us a portrait of a young woman unraveled, who attempts to pull herself back together in the face of a most unusual crisis.

About the Author:
Nina Solomon received her MA from Columbia University. Single Wife is her first novel. She lives in Manhattan with her son, Nathaniel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616206260
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 06/12/2003
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Nina Solomon received her MA from Columbia University. She lives in Manhattan with her son, Nathaniel.

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Single Wife 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The author has a great writing style and I liked all the characters, obviously some are more developed than others, but they each were distinct. Flow of events were great and the ending was not a let down. The only let down is that this is the only author's book and I want more!
coolmama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was very unimpressed with this debut novel.Grace has the perfect husband - Laz Bookman is handsome, intelligent, a Pulitizer Prize winner for his account of Bosnia, successful and absent. He just left one day, and Grace has been fooling others, and finally herself, that he has been gone over one year (as the novel progresses).I had no empathy at all for Grace. She doesn't question anything and I found her to be an irritable character.