Husband and Wife

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Husband and Wife

By Leah Stewart

HarperTorch, Paperback, 9780061774478, 344pp.

Publication Date: April 19, 2011


Sarah Price has never regretted trading her MFA for a steady job so that her husband, Nathan, could write fiction. But at age thirty-five, her world is turned upside-down by a shocking revelation: Nathan's upcoming novel, Infidelity, is based on fact. Reeling from his betrayal, Sarah is plagued by dark questions. How well does she really know her husband? More important, how well does she know herself?

For answers, Sarah looks back to her artistic twentysomething self to try to understand what exactly has happened to her dreams. And so begins her quest to discover which version of herself is the essential one the artist, wife, mother, or someone else entirely an eye-opening journey that leads Sarah hundreds of miles away from her marriage and back to herself.

Praise For Husband and Wife

“Stewart’s book does what real life doesn’t always allow: It gives the woman a voice.”
-Raleigh News & Observer

“Stewart creates a crisis of faith where adult reality collides with youthful dreams. The writing is tactile, elemental, even comical, providing readers with a situation that could so easily be their own.”
-Library Journal (starred review)

“Heartbreaking and darkly humorous. . . . [Stewart] is an acute social observer.”

“Leah Stewart’s brilliantly written novel Husband and Wife is a deeply human book: funny, tender, smart, self-aware. When you read it you will laugh, you will cry, you will recognize others, you will recognize yourself.”
-Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Castaways and Barefoot

“Hilarious, heartbreaking, and wise, Husband and Wife is a novel to savor. Stewart’s bright heroine is faced with an impossible choice—and I couldn’t put the book down until I’d followed her story to the end.”
-Amanda Eyre Ward, author of Love Stories in This Town

“This narrative voice is so alive and specific that it moves past the idea of ‘narrative voice’ to become a human woman speaking to you. . . . I cherish this wry, funny, aching, intelligent character and this book!”
-Marisa de los Santos, author of Belong to Me and Love Walked In