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The Wife's Tale

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Lori Lansens, The Wife's Tale | The Wife's Tale by Lori Lansens

The Wife's Tale

Current Status:
In Season
Lori Lansens
Little, Brown and Company
Women's Studies, Fiction

We gave it a B

Lansens — who lived so memorably inside the heads of conjoined twins Ruby and Rose in The Girls — sketches another indelible female character here in The Wife’s Tale. Mary Gooch, all 302 pounds of her, stays mostly at home, where she has worn a rut in the silver carpet between the bed and the kitchen, trying to fill the emptiness in her heart with potato chips and candy bars. Though she dreams of a waspish waist, she’s also comfortable in her ? own ample skin, reveling in her nudity — “inhaling the night like a postcoital cigarette” when no one can see her, especially her husband, Jimmy. But even as original as she is, as heartbreakingly funny and sad, Mary can’t soar over Lansens’ banal plot: Husband abandons wife, wife finds her inner strength. B

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