The Doctor's Wife

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Plume Books
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5.56 X 0.76 X 8.22 inches | 0.69 pounds
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About the Author

ELIZABETH BRUNDAGE is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she earned an MFA in fiction and a James Michener award. Her short fiction has been published in the Greensboro Review, Witness Magazine, and New Letters, and she contributed to the anthology Thicker Than Blood: I've Always Meant to Tell You, Letters to Our Mothers. Her most recent novel is All Things Cease to Appear.


"Appearances are deceiving in this psychological thriller... a compelling read."--The Boston Globe

"An examination of w hat happens when we are drawn to the very thing that promises to destroy us."--Publisher's Weekly

"Complex, cleverly constructed narrative provides a slow unfolding of the intricate relationship among the characters... This page-turner will appeal to a broad readership." --Booklist

"From the very first paragraph of Elizabeth Brundage's debut... it is evident things will not end neatly. No character inhabiting this story will escape unscathed from the choices they've made... a well-crafted work." --Ms. Magazine

"A fine debut, full of psychological suspense, plot twists and turns, malice disguised as religion, the taint of incest, and cheating spouses."--Library Journal

"Thrilling page-turner."--Albany Times-Union

"A page-turner that will linger in reader's minds long after they finish the book."--Connecticut Post

"The Doctor's Wife is certainly a tense and compelling psychological thriller, but it's more than just a page-turner. In her dark depiction of small-town intolerance, Brundage invites us to question our moral assumptions, social responsibilities, in short, our engagement with the world."--Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and All Over Creation

"Elizabeth Brundage has exquisitely captured the tension that resides at the crossroads of self and society. The Doctor's Wife encapsulates not only our uncertain, conflicted times but the maddening, endearing, fascinating contradictions of the American moral construct. This novel is as politically pertinent as it is a page-turner."--Meghan Daum, author of The Quality of Life Report

"Elizabeth Brundage has written a deliciously dark, finely observed, and ultimately thrilling morality tale. The Doctor's Wife is a full meal of sex, danger, and small-town paranoia which I greedily devoured."--Laurie Fox, author of The Lost Girls

"Elizabeth Brundage's prose reveals an honesty, clarity and grace uncommon for any novel, let alone a debut, and her insights consistently surprise and astonish. Even more impressively, she tackles a topic currently dividing the American spirit with feverish rancor and brings not just conviction but compassion to her portrayal. The Doctor's Wife is a novel to savor, praise and share."--David Corbett, author of The Devil's Redhead and Done For A Dime