Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Novel About My Wife | Emily Perkins

This book has sat by my bed for a few weeks. For some reason I was reluctant to read it but eventually it made it to the top of the pile. It's a strange narrative, a husband writing about his wife, which we are told early on, is dead.
He tells of their meeting and falling in love, his passion for her although he begins to understand that he doesn't really know her.
Anne seems a credible character until she is involved in a train accident and consequently describes a man she keeps seeing and is convinced will attack her. Everyone is concerned, until her claims become preposterous.
At the same time Anne is pregnant and gives birth to Arlo.
We are never quite sure whether she's mad or bohemian, whether he's naive or vacant or lovely.
The novel is written in such a way that we don't quite understand how Anne dies and the suspense builds right to the end. The husband's voiced is beautifully captured and we develop a lot of sympathy for him.
All in all a very successful story and I'm glad I finally got to it. Perkins has just released her latest novel which is touted to be her best yet. Am off to get it this week!

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