Object of Your Love

Although women whose lives are upset by infidelity form the common theme for these nine shrewd, luminously rendered stories, Canadian writer Speak draws distinct insights from each scenario: In one, a prim, perfectionist housewife enjoys terrorizing her faithless husband’s girlfriend a little too much; in ”Eagle’s Bride,” set among Inuit artisans in the Arctic Circle, a young bookkeeper watches angrily as her art-dealer lover returns to his wife, but later comes to admire her rival, who cultivates greenhouse orchids during the long white winters. Throughout the collection, love and heartache transform volatile insecurity into steadying self-awareness. A-

Object of Your Love
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