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6 edition of A reliable wife found in the catalog.

A reliable wife

a novel

by Robert Goolrick

  • 373 Want to read
  • 28 Currently reading

Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C .
Written in English

  • Family secrets,
  • Fiction,
  • Marriage,
  • History

  • About the Edition

    Ralph Truitt, a wealthy businessman with a troubled past who lives in a remote nineteenth-century Wisconsin town, has advertised for a reliable wife; and his ad is answered by Catherine Land, a woman who makes every effort to hide her own dark secrets.

    Edition Notes

    Statementby Robert Goolrick
    The Physical Object
    Pagination305 p. ;
    Number of Pages305
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL24754198M
    ISBN 101565129776
    ISBN 109781565129771

    I couldn't relate to any of his characters, and was ready to be done with them all by the end. The new novel is based on a true story. Both Sam, in the novel, and I have finally reached a point of acceptance. The idea of escape runs throughout the novel.

    Yes, he has his housekeepers, his immense wealth, and solicitous townspeople, essentially all of whom work for him. Both books deal with the ghosts of a late and disdainful previous wife. When Goolrick lost his job as an advertising copywriter, he turned to writing memoir. I live much more in the present and for the future than I ever have in the past. Louis and that it does not matter any more to him. And the novel could have used a touch more atmospheric tension and a dollop or so less of Ralph ruminating about sex.

    Eventually, Catherine and Truitt are married. I wrestled with whether to write up a review of this or not but, obviously, decided to do so because I really do think that Goolrick started off well. It is amazing the number of twists and turns that Goolrick was able to pack into his page book. It will be the last.

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A reliable wife by Robert Goolrick Download PDF Ebook

It wasn't, because I was only recording what I already knew. Ralph has secrets of his own, however, and his own reasons for looking for a wife at this point in his life. She has a lover who knows Mr. Some reviewers of A Reliable Wife used descriptions such as "gothic potboiler" in the context of generally positive reviews.

Well, technically I did NOT read the whole thing.

A Reliable Wife By Robert Goolrick Book Review

I am questioning why I read it. And I don't read potboilers. Her plan is simple: she will win this man's devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy A reliable wife book.

The problem is, she finds herself falling for him. It was hard to read. Their actions consistently anger, confuse and surprise; all of which flow together for some healthy discussion.

Shortly after they wed, he dispatches her to St. Compelled by practical, not romantic reasons. Larsen begins to distrust Catherine, A reliable wife book thought that perhaps this character was going to mimic old Mrs. At the onset of A Reliable Wife the charactersare not good people.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Mrs. As Truitt is getting his strength back, he tells Catherine his life story. The harshness of the bleak Wisconsin landscape Goolrick so effectively evokes mirrors the psychological torment of his deeply flawed, but utterly human, characters.

Louis, Goolrick demonstrates equal skill at painting the garish colors of the urban underworld from which Catherine has emerged, an environment that has shaped the character she fights to overcome.

A few months after the wedding, Truitt sends Catherine to St. The former Mrs. RobertaLea Jun 16, Disappointed with this one. Link up your own review, or see those that others have published this week.Oct 19,  · Download A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick free book in PDF format.

The Novel “A Reliable Wife” is about a woman with her own agenda is caught between two men obsessed with the past. Description of A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick PDF “A Reliable Wife” is a novel that sets an old-fashioned Gothic tale amid the ‘eternal snow’ of.

Three years later, Goolrick's first novel, A Reliable Wife, quickly garnered both critical and popular acclaim, became a favorite book-club selection, and hit the top spot on The New York Times.

Classic review: The Reliable Wife

A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick, is the story of how Catherine Land answers a rather pathetic A reliable wife book classified ad placed by a lonely, tormented rich man. From the beginning of her correspondence with him, Catherine is up to no good at all: she plans on slowly poisoning Ralph Truitt and having his fortune for herself/5.The author directly or indirectly references several pdf novels—by the Brontë sisters, Daphne du Maurier, and Frances Hodgson Burnett, among others.

How does A Reliable Wife play with the conventions of these classic Gothic novels? Does the book seem more shocking or provocative as a result?

(Questions issued by publisher.).This summary of A Reliable Wife includes a complete plot overview – spoilers included! We’re considering expanding this synopsis into a full-length study guide to deepen your comprehension of the book and why it's important.Buy this book Set in happens on a ebook ad from a well-to-do businessman in need of a “reliable wife,” she invents a plan to benefit from his riches and his need.

Her new husband.