The Charmed Wife


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$27.00  $25.11
G.P. Putnam's Sons
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6.3 X 9.0 X 1.3 inches | 1.01 pounds

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About the Author

Olga Grushin was born in Moscow and moved to the United States at eighteen. She is the author of three previous novels, Forty Rooms, The Line and The Dream Life of Sukhanov. Her debut, The Dream Life of Sukhanov, won the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, earned her a place on Granta's once-a-decade Best Young American Novelists list, and was one of The New York Times' Notable Books of the Year. Both it and The Line were among The Washington Post's Ten Best Books of the Year, and Forty Rooms was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of the Year. Grushin writes in English, and her work has been translated into sixteen languages. She lives outside Washington, DC, with her two children.


One of O, the Oprah Magazine's Most Anticipated Books of 2021

Genre-bending and darkly comic, Grushin's fourth novel is a weird and wonderful triumph. -O, the Oprah Magazine

An absorbing study of marriage, divorce, self, and responsibility, threaded with numerous retold fairytales and rendered in prescient, gorgeous language. Highly recommended. -Library Journal (starred review)

[A] richly imagined, genre-bending retelling of, at its heart, a tale-as-old-as-time. -Booklist (starred review)

"A dizzying retelling of 'Cinderella, ' one in which nothing is as it seems and fairy tale marriages do not end happily ever after...Clever." -Publishers Weekly

"The comedy is devastating in this autopsy of a marriage that dies of 'happily ever after' syndrome. Seldom has such emotional realism been spied in the precincts of wild magic. This alumna of the Cinderella marriage is overwhelmed, overenchanted, and so over it. Fall under its charms, I dare you." -Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

With the publication of her first novel, Grushin instantly became one of my favorite writers. She touches the borders of myth and fairytale in everything she does, but never so explicitly as here, in this dark and dreamy retelling of Cinderella. Inside the plot, magic comes and goes. But inside the reader, it's all magic, all of us happily caught in Grushin's hypnotic spell. -Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

In The Charmed Wife, Olga Grushin turns the fairy-tale romance on its head, and then just keeps turning it, playfully, subversively, brilliantly: a feat of fierce imagination. -Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions and Beautiful Ruins

"The Charmed Wife is a thought-provoking, wickedly clever, and beautifully written fairy-tale character study that enchants at every turn. Olga Grushin dissects fairy tales, marriage, and the messy human heart with a pen as sharp as any scalpel." -Melissa Bashardoust, author of Girl, Serpent, Thorn

Lush and powerful, The Charmed Wife is brimful of magic and the seething darkness that lies beneath the glittering surface of every good fairy tale. -Leife Shallcross, author of The Beast's Heart