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Single Wife

Single Wife

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Grace Brookman's husband is missing. He wasn't kidnapped or murdered (she's fairly certain); he just seems to have run away from home. He got up one morning, and with an offhand Gracie, I'll be back in a little while, he was gone. Laz had left before, but this time, when several weeks pass and he doesn't return, Grace copes with the situation by pretending to family and friends that he's still around. At first, Grace covers for Laz in little ways: rumpling the sheets on his side of the bed every morning for the housekeeper, turning up his favorite music so the neighbors will hear it, leaving the doorman a daily cup of coffee, just as Laz always did. Soon Grace's life is completely consumed with re-creating his life. Over time the deception takes on a life of its own as her charade becomes more elaborate and she begins lying to friends and family, even her overbearing, ever-present Upper East Side parents. Grace finds herself steeped in denial about the truth of her husband's disappearance-and the truth about him, as clues arise to suggest that he isn't the man she thought he was. In the spirit of Laura Zigman and Jennifer Weiner, Nina Solomon gives us a portrait of a young woman unraveled, who attempts to pull herself back together in the face of a most unusual crisis.
Grace Brookman's husband is missing. He wasn't kidnapped or murdered (she's fairly certain); he just seems to have run away from home. He got up one morning, and with an offhand Gracie, I'll be back in a little while, he was gone. Laz had left before, but this time, when several weeks pass and he doesn't return, Grace copes with the situation by pretending to family and friends that he's still around. At first, Grace covers for Laz in little ways: rumpling the sheets on his side of the bed every morning for the housekeeper, turning up his favorite music so the neighbors will hear it, leaving the doorman a daily cup of coffee, just as Laz always did. Soon Grace's life is completely consumed with re-creating his life. Over time the deception takes on a life of its own as her charade becomes more elaborate and she begins lying to friends and family, even her overbearing, ever-present Upper East Side parents. Grace finds herself steeped in denial about the truth of her husband's disappearance-and the truth about him, as clues arise to suggest that he isn't the man she thought he was. In the spirit of Laura Zigman and Jennifer Weiner, Nina Solomon gives us a portrait of a young woman unraveled, who attempts to pull herself back together in the face of a most unusual crisis.

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Publish date: Jun 12, 2003
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Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781565123823
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Most men who leave their wives have the courtesy to (at least) leave a note, but not journalist Laz Brookman. At the start of this charming first novel, he casually leaves his New York apartment one morning and never returns: "He left as if he were going... to buy the Sunday Times (although they had it delivered) or to walk the dog (but they had none)." Anxious to save face and preserve the precarious normality of her life, and certain that he will soon return-mysterious several-day-long disappearing acts not being uncommon with her husband-Grace Brookman secretly begins living two lives, Laz's and her own. For the housekeeper's benefit, she rumples up the sheets on his side of the bed; for the neighbors', she blasts his favorite CDs. The absent Laz lurks on the periphery of Grace's life: a friend remarks that she has seen Laz being interviewed on TV, and others casually mention having received e-mail from him. It soon becomes apparent to Grace that even when her husband was physically present, he was keeping enormous secrets and problems from her-and that she now must step in to solve them, all the while keeping up her elaborate pretense. This imaginative and affecting debut is full of insightful characterizations and sharp, incisive language. Against Grace's constant awareness of her loss of Laz, the interplay of complex dynamics among the main players in her upper-middle-class New York life-her Scrabble-obsessed parents, their charming and dysfunctional friends the Sugarmans and her too-perceptive friend Kane-take on a tender, luminous intensity. Even better, Solomon knows how to confound her readers' preconceptions even as she carries her captivating premise to a surprising denouement. Gripping and dreamy, this tale will please fans of Margaret Atwood and Alice Hoffman, and win Solomon her own legion of readers. Agent, Irene Skolnick. (June 12) Forecast: There's a whiff of Woody Allen to Solomon's spot-on Manhattan settings, and handselling in New York (as well as to New York-ophiles around the country) could net excellent results. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

2003-05-12, Publishers Weekly
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