In this dazzling debut, Taylor M. Polites crafts a Southern gothic novel that mines classic literary archetypes while shaping them in new ways.
Set in Reconstruction-era Alabama, The Rebel Wife opens with Augusta Branson losing her husband to a terrible blood fever. Now she and her son must fend for themselves in a community being destroyed by violence. When the inheritance she expected suddenly disappears, Augusta starts hunting for answers, but she’ll have to find them fast—before the deadly fever claims the life of everyone in town, including her son.
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- Kim Mancini
Will Listen to This Again!
I have already recommended this book to countless friends! I actually started with the print version after seeing it featured in Oprah Winfrey's O MAGAZINE. My copy arrived at the beginning of one of my busiest weekends, so I promised myself I'd only read one chapter and put the book down until I had the time to devote to it. Well, suffice it to say, when the first chapter of a novel ends with the lines,
I love all the characters in Polites' book (even the mean ones!), but my favorite is Gus. Somehow Polites manages to give her a transformation the is both believable and surprising.
I loved Johanna Parker's interpretation of Gus. As the protagonist, her voice is extremely important. Parker understands this and brings Polites' words and the character to life.
I'd have to say that Gus is the most memorable character, but Simon is a very close second. Actually, I loved all the characters, even Gus's miserable cousin, Judge! They are all so well-drawn.
Loved this book!