A Reliable Wife

Robert Goolrick (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Algonquin Books
Publish Date
January 05, 2010
Pages
305
Dimensions
5.4 X 1.0 X 8.4 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781565129771
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About the Author

Robert Goolrick's first novel, A Reliable Wife, has sold over one million copies worldwide; he is also the author of the novels Heading Out to Wonderful, The Dying of the Light, and The Fall of Princes. He lives in Maryland.

Reviews

"A tantalizing pace that will have you flipping faster and faster through the pages . . . A beautiful and haunting read, a story about all the different manifestations of love--a story that will stay with you." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Goolrick twists a familiar story, refashioning it into something completely original. . . . Few have permeated their narratives with gothic elements and suspense to such great effect. . . . The unforeseen conclusion provides a big payoff for readers of this tension-laden debut from a promising new talent." - Booklist


"After breaking through with a disquieting memoir . . . Goolrick applies his storytelling talents to a debut novel, set in 1907, about icy duplicity and heated vengeance. . . . A sublime murder ballad that doesn't turn out at all the way one might expect." --Kirkus, starred review

--Publishers Weekly

A Reliable Wife "generates some real suspense . . .This darkly nuanced psychological tale builds to a strong and satisfying close." -Publishers Weekly

--Christian Science Monitor

"Debut novelist Robert Goolrick has managed a minor miracle. In the kind of precise, literary prose that breathes life into his complicated characters, Goolrick, author of an acclaimed memoir, has also managed a rousing historical potboiler, an organic mystery rooted in the real social ills of turn-of-the-century America. Whether writing about the farms of Wisconsin or the fleshpots of St. Louis, he re-creates a full-bodied, believable environment, and he peoples these worlds with characters as sensitive, as tortured as any contemporary souls. The result is a detailed exploration of love, despair, and the distance people can travel to reach each other that is as surprising, and as suspenseful, as any beach read." -- Boston Globe

--BookPage

A "glittering, poisoned ice cube of a tale . . . Has a little of the Gothic feel of Daphne DuMaurier's Rebecca--complete with a dead first wife, suspicious housekeeper, and gorgeous mansion . . . A Reliable Wife is eminently readable and should delight fans of old-fashioned Gothic romances . . . Goolrick is a solid wordsmith, and he handily manages the impressive task of making readers care about a woman bent on cold-blooded murder. And generating the proper Gothic ambience in Wisconsin is no mean feat." -- Christian Science Monitor

--Time Out New York

A "fierce and sophisticated debut novel . . . In its best moments, A Reliable Wife calls to mind the chilling tales of Poe and Stephen King, and at its core this is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions. It melds a plot drenched in suspense with expertly realized characters and psychological realism. The fate of those characters is in doubt right up to this relentless story's intense final pages, and Goolrick's ability to sustain that tension is a tribute to his craftsmanship and one of the true pleasures of a fine first novel." -- Bookpage

--Chicago Sun-Times
"A weighty psychodrama laced with Hitchcockian suspense."-- Time Out New York --USA Today
"[A] beautifully written, beautifully dark book. Goolrick is a superb writer."--Chicago Sun-Times
--Washington Post

"A killer debut novel . . . suspenseful and erotic . . . [A] chillingly engrossing plot . . . good to the riveting end." -USA Today

--USA Today

"A gothic tale of . . . smoldering desire. . . . The novel is deliciously wicked and tense, presented as a series of sepia tableaux, interrupted by flashes of bright red violence. . . . Once you've fallen into the miasma of A Reliable Wife, it's intoxicating." -Washington Post

--The Washington Post
"A killer debut novel . . . Suspenseful and erotic . . . [A] chillingly engrossing plot . . . Good to the riveting end." --USA Today

--NPR's Morning Edition
"A gothic tale of . . . smoldering desire . . . The novel is deliciously wicked and tense, presented as a series of sepia tableaux, interrupted by flashes of bright red violence . . . Once you've fallen into the miasma of A Reliable Wife, it's intoxicating." --The Washington Post
--Today Show
"Robert Goolrick's A Reliable Wife is my must-read recommendation . . . This engrossing and addictive novel will leave you both chilled and satisfied." --Chris Livingston, Summer's Best reads on NPR's Morning Edition
--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A thrilling, juicy read . . . The writing is beautiful and the story is captivating. It's a real page-turner." --Today show
--Booklist