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A reliable wife

a novel

by Robert Goolrick

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  • 37 Currently reading

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


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 LibraryOL24643807M
ISBN 101565129776
ISBN 109781565129771
OCLC/WorldCa435422229

A "fierce and sophisticated debut novel In its best moments, A Reliable Wife calls to mind the chilling tales of Poe and Stephen King, and at its core this is a tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions. It melds a plot drenched in suspense with expertly realized characters and psychological realism. Jan 01,  · A RELIABLE WIFE will haunt you, make you think, wish for people who have read it to be near by so you can discuss it, and never, never disappoint. A RELIABLE WIFE starts out innocuously as what one might think is a common theme written about before; the early s mail-order bride story.5/5(5).

This book is a remarkable characterization of what it's like to love and not be loved in return. Ralph Truitt has this problem until he meets Catherine Land, a woman of many talents who answers his advertisement for a "reliable wife.". This Study Guide consists of approximately 45 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of A Reliable Wife. Middle-aged businessman Ralph Truitt is one of the novel's two central characters or protagonists. In the novel.

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. The author directly or indirectly references several classic 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.).


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A reliable wife by Robert Goolrick Download PDF EPUB FB2

A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick, is the story of how Catherine Land answers a rather pathetic sounding 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.

Dec 25,  · This book is set in when a young woman answers an advertisement for a “reliable wife” to move to rural Wisconsin and marry a lonely yet rich widower. Trust me, the female protagonist is not reliable in any way at all. But this book is a fascinating read about love, loss, sex (lots of sex), desire, deception, duplicity, and trust/5(K).

Erotic, brutal and very, very dark, A RELIABLE WIFE is the kind of Gothic novel that the Brontë sisters would have written A reliable wife book there been no Victorian sanctions against writing frankly about sex. There are madwomen, and men, aplenty here, all driven to violence and despair thanks to desires thwarted or warped beyond recognition.

A Reliable Wife leaves much unanswered. Many things happen and the logic with the decisions made on these plans by the characters create such a frustration while reading, that I wanted to slam the book down and forget it.

But I didn’t—and finished—still with a lot of questions. A Reliable Wife Summary & Study Guide Description. A Reliable Wife Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections. A Reliable Wife is eminently readable and should delight fans of old-fashioned Gothic romances Goolrick is a solid wordsmith, and he handily manages the impressive task of making readers care about a woman bent on cold-blooded murder/5.

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.

A Reliable Wife Robert Goolrick, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill pp. ISBN Summary Rural Wisconsin, In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for "a.

Jan 01,  · April 26, • Robert Goolrick's new book A Reliable Wife spins a tale that will keep many a reader turning the pages late at night to find out what happens next.

Buy this book Set in happens on a newspaper 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. Editions for A Reliable Wife: (Hardcover published in ), (Paperback published in ), (Kindle Edition), (Kindle Edition), Author: Robert Goolrick.

Mar 20,  · This book would without a doubt make an incredible movie, and I wasn't surprised that the film rights to A RELIABLE WIFE have already been purchased by Columbia.

A RELIABLE WIFE should be on your book club's list of books to read because it would make a fantastic discussion book. At the onset of A Reliable Wife the charactersare not good people. They have done bad things and have lived thoughtlessly. In the end how do they find hope.

The author directly or indirectly references several classic novels by the Brontë sisters, Daphne DuMaurier and. Book reviews. A Reliable Wife Robert Goolrick Review by Harvey Freedenberg. April Inin a small Wisconsin town that bears his name, Ralph Truitt, the wealthy owner of an iron foundry, waits on the cusp of a looming blizzard for the train carrying Catherine Land, his mail-order bride from Chicago.

He reads from his book "A Reliable Wife" in a video posted for his Facebook followers to which he added, "For people who can't come to a bookstore, this is what I look like and what I sound like, thanks to my friend Ashraf Meer." Works.

The End of the World as We Know It: Scenes from a Life, Algonquin Books, ISBN Born:Virginia. A romantic thriller set in rural Wisconsin inwhere a widower places a newspaper ad a wife and a scheming former courtesan answers the call. Best Book Club Guide. Our Book Club page for A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick - includes Book Club Discussion Questions, Author Website, Book Summary, Talking Points, Book Review &.

A Reliable Wife A Novel (Book): Goolrick, Robert: Rural Wisconsin, In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for a reliable wife.

But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she's not the simple, honest woman that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and. Free download or read online A Reliable Wife pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of the novel was published inand was written by Robert Goolrick.

The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Hardcover format. The main characters of this fiction, historical story are Ralph Truitt, Catherine Land.

The book has been awarded with /5. That satisfyingly twisty opening sets the stage for A Reliable Wife, the first novel by Robert Goolrick, who previously won acclaim for his Southern memoir of growing up with an alcoholic father.

Apr 26,  · 'Reliable Wife': Madness And Passion In Wisconsin Robert Goolrick's new book A Reliable Wife spins a tale that will keep many a reader turning .Mar 07,  · A Reliable Wife A Novel (Book): Goolrick, Robert: "Abandoning her worldly life, traveling to a remote Wisconsin town in the dead of winter, trusting her future to a man she had never met - such was Catherine Land's new beginning.

But there was an ending in sight as well, an ending that would redeem the treachery ahead, justify the sacrifice, and allow her to start over yet again.

That was.Mar 07,  · A Reliable Wife Plot: What's the story? Takes place in Wisconsin where successful businessman Ralph Truitt waits on a train platform for the woman who answered his newspaper ad for “a reliable wife.” His Chicago-born bride to be is actually a scheming gal with a dark past who plans to seduce and poison him, leaving town a rich widow.