The Wife's Tale

  • by Lori Lansens
  • Narrated by Justine Eyre
  • 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mary Gooch was once young and slender and carefree. But with each passing year she's accumulated an excess of pounds and worries. On the eve of her 25th wedding anniversary, her handsome husband does not come home. Shocked out of her inertia, Mary boards a plane for the first time and begins a desperate search. With a surge of energy that she hasn't felt in years, Mary fights for her husband while she reflects upon a life half lived. Accustomed to hiding behind hunger and fear, she's forced to look up at her new surroundings, astonished by how the shift in perspective has let in the light.


What the Critics Say

"Lansens's portrait of a woman who hides behind the Kenmore as protection from life's heartache is earthy and primal in its pain. Yet Lansens doesn't resort to an overnight makeover to save Mary. Instead, our heroine uncovers a hidden strength she had all along....Highly recommended." (Library Journal Bette-Lee Fox)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Couldn't stop listening...

Very interesting story. No diet tips, just love and loss can make you forget about food-not me. Great ending. A suprising turn on a 25 year marriage.
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- Cassandra L. Vidler

Oh Mary, Mary, Mary...

I got so frustrated with Little Nell -I mean Mary Gooch -I wanted to stop reading. But,the story is so well written I couldn't give up. I think the message of Mary and her life helped me with my life. If you're a postmenopausal woman buried alive in a pit -I recommend this book.
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- Alexandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio