The Imposter Bride (Paperback)

A Novel

By Nancy Richler

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250043078, 368pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Compact Disc (8/30/2013)
Hardcover (1/29/2013)
Hardcover, Large Print (4/19/2013)
Compact Disc (8/30/2013)
MP3 CD (8/30/2013)

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February 2013 Indie Next List

“Shortly after WWII, Lily arrives in Montreal to marry Sol Kramer. Sol rejects her, so his brother, Nathan, out of pity, marries Lily instead. Pity turns to love, but it isn't enough for Lily, who disappears leaving an infant daughter, Ruth, behind with Nathan. Family members thought Lily was an impostor, posing as a cousin, but who was she? Through the years, Ruth struggles to learn more about her mother through a diary, an uncut diamond, and shiny rocks arriving in the mail. Beautifully written, wistful, and suspenseful, the stories of Lily and Ruth are each a glimpse of the heartache that is the aftermath of war.”
— Joanne Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA
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In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to a man she's never met. But, upon seeing her at the train station, Sol Kramer turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep and doomed love. It is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Kramer shatters when she disappears, leaving a new husband and a baby daughter with only a diary, a large uncut diamond—and a need to find the truth.

Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It's up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions, as she searches for the mother she may never truly know, in The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler.

*Winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award
*Short-listed for the 2012 Giller Prize

About the Author

Nancy Richler’s short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals, including The Fiddlehead, Room of One’s Own, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Another Chicago Magazine, Fireweed and The Journey Prize Anthology. Her first novel, Throwaway Angels, was published by Press Gang Publishers in 1996 and was short listed for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second novel, Your Mouth is Lovely, published in eleven countries, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s 2004 Adei Wizo Award. Nancy lives in Montreal.

Praise For The Imposter Bride: A Novel

"Richler’s third novel explores emotional devastation that lasts generations, delivering a powerful punch."—Publishers Weekly

"Beautifully written... a narrative that speaks so astutely to the unspeakable losses inherent in the human condition."—The New York Times

"An elegant, ambitious, accomplished new work."—The Globe and Mail

"Here Richler’s strengths are at their height. She employs a vivid lyricism that interweaves psychological and geographical landscapes."—The National Post