A Reliable Wife

By Robert Goolrick
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565129771, 305pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2010

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“This debut novel, set in the early 1900s, is a beautifully written psychological mystery, almost gothic at times. Advertising for 'a reliable wife,' Ralph Truitt, wealthy businessman, gets more than he realizes when Catherine Land steps off the train. Secrets on top of secrets, all revealed in Goolrick's lyrical prose in this a beautiful examination of love and regret.”
— Leslie Reiner, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL


Description
Rural Wisconsin, 1909. In the bitter cold, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who answered his newspaper advertisement for "a reliable wife." But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she's not the "simple, honest woman" that Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious, haunted by a terrible past and motivated by greed. Her plan is simple: she will win this man's devotion, and then, ever so slowly, she will poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on, though, is that Truitt a passionate man with his own dark secrets has plans of his own for his new wife. Isolated on a remote estate and imprisoned by relentless snow, the story of Ralph and Catherine unfolds in unimaginable ways.
With echoes of "Wuthering Heights" and "Rebecca," Robert Goolrick's intoxicating debut novel delivers a classic tale of suspenseful seduction, set in a world that seems to have gone temporarily off its axis.



About the Author
In addition to his most recent novel, "The Fall of Princes, " Robert Goolrick is the author of three other books: "The End of the World as We Know It, "a memoir; his first novel, "A Reliable Wife, " with sales of more than 1 million copies; and his second novel, "Heading Out to Wonderful." He lives in Virginia.
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