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He clothes the marriage the home that had given her a place to hide for so long are all gone Mary soon finds that the bright sun and broad vistas of California force her to look up from the pavement stop waiting and start living What she finds when she does is an inner strength she’s never felt before Through it all Mary not only finds kindred spirits but reunites with a intimate stranger no longer seuestered by fear and habit herse. Imagine that you were left all alone one night No spouse no money down on yourself no children no relatives active in your life no future and really no past except for the absent spouse What would you do Would you go down in flames Or would you soar like a phoenix reborn from the ashes of prior lifeThis is the story of Mary Gooch an obese rural Canadian woman who declared that she would commit suicide if she weighed than 300 pounds With that figure in the rearview mirror she continued to gain The day before her 25th wedding anniversary her husband disappeared He left a note saying he had won the lottery and left her some money in the bankMary then embarked on the journey of her lifeThe Wife s Tale is a beautiful story compelling told to the point that Mary becomes our hero I was excited to follow her evolution cheering for her at every step in the path I celebrated her achievements and self realizations When she encountered adversity or defeat I hoped she would brush herself off and move forward which she inevitably did This is a story of self determination at its finest We should all seek to find ourselves Mary does in her own wayI can only hope that I would be as strong as MaryIn the end this is a story of self fulfillment Each of us is the master of our own destiny reaping the harvest of what we sow Mary sowed affection generosity and faith in the strangers that she met She was rewarded with a new life Perhaps she was far better off in her new life than had the prior life continuedThe Wife s Tale is also a spiritual guide Though not a religious book as such the life of Mary is a testament to the healing power of redemption A new life born from the boldI loved this book and so will you

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The Wife's Tale

A letter left in the mailbox confirms her worst fears and Mary is left alone to make a difficult decision Should she break free from her inertia and salvage her marriage Or is the pull of the familiarity of her home the predictability of her daily routines too strong to resist For the first time in her life Mary decides to leave and boards a plane to California She flies across the country in a desperate attempt to find her husband T. Another lovely strange story from one of my favourite authors I liked the way the narrative and subject began so heavily and lightened somewhat as the novel progressed mirroring Mary s experience I liked Mary a lot and even though not all of the uestions get answered by the end of the tale I liked that it was really a story about HER all the way through I also liked that while it was a story about Mary s reawakening and rebirth it was not about weightloss The focus was on her shifting identity not some big makeover One thing I couldn t help but wonder about was the way LL wrote Mary s attitude towards other women and a particular passage where she is thinking aboutobserving a skinny blonde who could never know the fat person s perspective which based on the author photo kind of describes Lansens herself It struck me and I wondered if it was meant to call attention to the fact that she could indeed imagine the fat person s perspective or was just something Mary would think

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It’s the eve of her twenty fifth wedding anniversary and Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband Jimmy to come home But Mary isn’t just waiting for Jimmy She is waiting for a mother who accepts her children she is unable to have a life beyond the well worn path from her bedroom to the refrigerator Mary is waiting for her life to start As she waits for Jimmy the night passes into day and it becomes clear that he isn’t coming home. Mary Gooch is a 43 year old 302 lb woman who has struggled with weight issues for most of her life She is married to Jimmy Gooch who is still as handsome as he was in high school For Mary food became her friend and her solace when things went wrong in her life With each major disappointment and loss in her life she packed on and weight The extra weight she gained keeps her socially isolated Even when she was a little girl she heard the doctor whisper to her mother that she was abeast It is only as an adult does Mary realize that what her doctor really called her when she was little was obeseWhile Mary waits for her husband to come home on the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary the introspective Mary looks back at her life and recalls a time when she and JimmyAKA Gooch were happy She was thin and happy when she first met her husband but now Mary has not wanted to go on a vacation and she has never flown in an airplane In fact except for her menial job at a drug store she spends her life at home hiding food eating and filling the void in her life with and food Her wardrobe is pathetic it consists of two pairs of blue scrubs because she has trouble finding clothes that fit her As Mary waits and waits and waits for Gooch it becomes pretty clear to her that her husband is not coming homeDetermined to find her husband Mary faces her fears and leaves her home in Canada for California She sees the ocean for the very first time learns to use a bankcard and experiences a few other firsts as well She soon realizes her own self imposed fears were just that and she soon begins to see herself in a new lightMY THOUGHTS I loved this novel and the character Mary It is a touching story of a damaged woman in crisis It was easy to uickly get caught up in her life and this story The author did a beautiful job creating an at times heartbreaking story into a story of hope and transformation Mary shows us how our own inner strength can give us the power to change our lives by taking a chance and doing something new when the old way is no longer working for usI was sad to see this story end HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


10 thoughts on “The Wife's Tale

  1. says:

    I really really did not like this book Sure the writer is capable and entertaining I kept turning pages but the feeling was like that of watching a train wreck I am an obese woman who has been married for over 25 years To read the descriptions of this main character Mary Gooch was disgusting Mary is portrayed to be dull witted slovenly at one point in her life a petty thief someone who hides beef jerky stick

  2. says:

    Mary Gooch is a 43 year old 302 lb woman who has struggled with weight issues for most of her life She is married to Jimmy Gooch who is still as handsome as he was in high school For Mary food became her friend and her solace when things went

  3. says:

    I'm ambivalent Good writing But this is a book about a fat woman Not a woman who is fat She is solely defined by her weight I look a

  4. says:

    Another lovely strange story from one of my favourite authors I liked the way the narrative and subject began so heavily and lightened somewhat as the novel progressed mirroring Mary's experience I liked Mary a lot and even though not all of

  5. says:

    I recently took a train trip to Montreal and in the process immersed myself completely in this wonderful wonder

  6. says:

    This is a novel of transformation It begins slowly and somewhat ponderously but this suits because Mary Gooch the main character is somewhat ponderous herself weighing in at the morbidly obese end of the scale Morbidly ob

  7. says:

    I really liked The Girls so I was excited when this author came out with a new book And I have to say this was j

  8. says:

    Imagine that you were left all alone one night No spouse no money down on yourself no children no relatives active in your life no future and re

  9. says:

    This is Lansens' third novel Her last book The Girls is one of my favourite and Rush Home Road was a wonderful novel which I loved too Her ne

  10. says:

    I really wanted to like this and tried really hard but in the end I found the protagonist Mary too annoying to sympathise withThe novel is beautifully written and tells the story of an obese woman whose husband leaves her on the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary She travels from their home in Canada to his mo

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