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Book Review: The Wife's Tale

By Sandy Amazeen Jan 26, 2010, 0:56 GMT

Book Review: The Wife's Tale

On the eve of their Silver Anniversary, Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband Jimmy--still every inch the handsome star athlete he was in high school--to come home. As night turns to day, it becomes frighteningly clear to Mary that he is gone. Through the years, disappointment and worry have brought Mary\'s life to a standstill, and she has let her universe shrink to the well-worn path from ...more

The night before her 25th wedding anniversary, three hundred pound Mary Gooch lies in bed pondering her life and the whereabouts of her husband Jimmy, a handsome furniture deliveryman who wishes to travel outside of small town Leaford, Canada. Maryís world has long been defined by her size. Her wearable wardrobe is limited to her work uniform and she thinks of herself as the obeast. Given her low self-esteem, its hardly surprising Mary repeatedly refused her husbandís pleas to broaden her horizons. With her husbandí disappearance Mary sucks it up, gets on a plane and flies to her mother-in-lawís California home with nothing more then a vain hope that she will be able to locate Jimmy. Along the way, Mary meets a variety of people who serve to move her along the path to self-acceptance and liberation.

This thoughtful, lyrically written story starts out a bit slow as readers are introduced to Mary and a supporting cast of finely nuanced characters. One canít help but get a sense of bulk as Mary copes with her fat rolls, self-doctoring a cut foot and limited clothing options. Readers will cheer as Mary moves beyond her original, narrow confines and onto the path of discovery.


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