A Circle of Wives

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Grove Press
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5.4 X 1.0 X 8.2 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author
Alice LaPlante is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. She teaches creative writing at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer. She also teaches in the MFA program at San Francisco State University. Her fiction has been widely published in "Epoch," "Southwestern Review," and other literary journals. Alice is the author of six books, including the LA Times bestseller "Method and Madness: The Making of a Story" (W.W. Norton 2009). Her first novel, "Turn of Mind," was a "New York Times," NPR, and American Independent Booksellers Association bestseller, won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and was named a "New York Times" and "Booklist" Editors' Choice and a #1 IndieNextPick. She lives with her family in Northern California. Author website: alicelaplante.com
"Marriage is as mysterious as murder in LaPlante's captivating psychological thriller. . . . a smart, intricate tale about murder and the elusive mysteries of marriage . . . In LaPlante's world knowing who did the deed is never as fascinating as wondering why." --People (3.5 stars)

"The pleasures of this novel--as with LaPlante's last, Turn of Mind--lie less in the plot, which is strewn with only a few clues and red herrings, and more in the sharply drawn and carefully shaded characters. A-" --Entertainment Weekly

"A suspenseful, thrilling read but also one that explores the complications of human relationships with grace and understanding. In her darkly funny, lushly drawn mystery, LaPlante offers readers her own revelations about love, loss, and the complicated compulsions that draw us together." --Royal Young, Interview

"I finished reading this absorbing novel after 11 last night. That's the mark of a successful mystery." --Carolyn See, Washington Post

"Love is a mystery in this clever whodunit about marriage, passion and deception. . . . Sharply written and observant." --Family Circle

"Exhilarating and smart, A Circle of Wives is a wild ride of love, loss, marriage and murder, with a finale that's provocative, thrilling and grand. It all shows that while some deaths are a mystery, so, too, are some loves." --San Francisco Chronicle

"Surprising, swift and sure-footed. . . . [LaPlante] has taken an intriguing premise and, having hooked the reader, delivers an equally intriguing book." --Seattle Times

"Insightful . . . [An] engrossing tale of tangled relationships, unfilled needs, and the endless human talent for self-deception. The question it plants in the reader's mind is the most chilling of all: How well do I know the person I love?" --Washington Independent Review of Books

"LaPlante's engrossing second thriller . . . explores love, loss, control, the influence of past relationships, and passion. . . . Captivating." --Publishers Weekly

"A page-turner that also offers much ironic commentary on the dynamics of love and marriage, emphasizing the great mystery at the heart of any romantic relationship." --Booklist

"In this literary character study built on a mystery's framework, LaPlante ingeniously constructs characters distinct and original." --Kirkus Reviews

"Highly original and captivating." --The Missourian