cover wifes taleReviewed by Poppy Johnson

The Wife’s Tale depicts the story of Mary Brody, a woman who is always concerned about her weight and how the world looks at her. The story is interesting and fresh, and has enough brand new ideas to keep the reader interested throughout.

Mary’s childhood is typical for a woman of her situation, and her marriage is also of the usual fare. After her anniversary one night, her husband James Gooch goes missing. Mary is left to pick up the pieces after she realizes that her husband may be gone for good. The odyssey that Mary takes on to try to win her husband back includes finding the courage to live her life in a different way. It is always difficult to change, and Mary works on making a better place for herself, inside of her head, and outside of her narrowly defined life.

The Wife’s Tale focuses on the main character fighting intense loneliness, weight and food issues, and dealing with a failed marriage. However, the reader will find a friend in Mary, because she eventually learns to leave the past behind. She begins the book viewing other people’s desperate lives as pathetic, not realizing that she is looking in a type of introspective mirror – and that she is really seeing her own sorrow through the eyes of others. At the end of the book, Mary finds the type of happiness that will sustain her.

The Wife’s Tale is appropriate for all ages, and the themes are worth pondering even after the book is put down.

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

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