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The Wife's Tale Mary Gooch is a 43 year old, 302 lb woman who has struggled with weight issues for most of her life She is married to Jimmy Gooch who is still as handsome as he was in high school For Mary food became her friend and her solace, when things went wrong in her life With each major disappointment and loss in her life, she packed onandweight The extra weight she gained, keeps her socially isolated Even when she was a little girl, she heard the doctor whisper to her mother that she wa Mary Gooch is a 43 year old, 302 lb woman who has struggled with weight issues for most of her life She is married to Jimmy Gooch who is still as handsome as he was in high school For Mary food became her friend and her solace, when things went wrong in her life With each major disappointment and loss in her life, she packed onandweight The extra weight she gained, keeps her socially isolated Even when she was a little girl, she heard the doctor whisper to her mother that she was abeast It is only as an adult does Mary, realize that what her doctor really called her when she was little was obese.While Mary waits for her husband to come home, on the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary, the introspective Mary looks back at her life and recalls a time when she and JimmyA.K.A Gooch were happy She was thin and happy, when she first met her husband, but now Mary has not wanted to go on a vacation and she has never flown in an airplane In fact, except for her menial job at a drug store, she spends her life at home hiding food , eating and filling the void in her life withandfood Her wardrobe is pathetic, it consists of two pairs of blue scrubs because she has trouble finding clothes that fit her As Mary waits and waits and waits for Gooch, it becomes pretty clear to her that her husband is not coming home.Determined to find her husband, Mary faces her fears and leaves her home in Canada for California She sees the ocean for the very first time, learns to use a bankcard and experiences a few other firsts as well She soon realizes her own self imposed fears were just that and she soon begins to see herself in a new light.MY THOUGHTS I loved this novel and the character, Mary It is a touching story of a damaged woman in crisis It was easy to quickly get caught up in her life and this story The author did a beautiful job creating, an at times heartbreaking story, into a story of hope and transformation Mary shows us how our own inner strength can give us the power to change our lives, by taking a chance and doing something new when the old way is no longer working for us.I was sad to see this story end HIGHLY RECOMMENDED It s the eve of her twenty fifth wedding anniversary and Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband, Jimmy, to come home But Mary isn t just waiting for Jimmy She is waiting for a mother who accepts her, children she is unable to have, a life beyond the well worn path from her bedroom to the refrigerator Mary is waiting for her life to start As she waits for Jimmy, the night passes into day and it becomes clear that he isn t coming home A letter left in the mailbox confirms her worst fears and Mary is left alone to make a difficult decision Should she break free from her inertia and salvage her marriage Or is the pull of the familiarity of her home, the predictability of her daily routines, too strong to resist For the first time in her life, Mary decides to leave and boards a plane to California She flies across the country in a desperate attempt to find her husband The clothes, the marriage, the home that had given her a place to hide for so long are all gone Mary soon finds that the bright sun and broad vistas of California force her to look up from the pavement, stop waiting and start living What she finds when she does is an inner strength she s never felt before Through it all, Mary not only finds kindred spirits, but reunites with a intimate stranger no longer sequestered by fear and habit herself I m ambivalent Good writing But this is a book about a fat woman Not a woman who is fat She is solely defined by her weight I look at the author and realize that she just doesn t get what it is to be a woman who is fat and so she falls back on her own prejudices and the usual stereotypes The woman doesn t begin to live until she begins to lose weight What crap Shouldn t authors beresponsible for getting it right Another lovely, strange story from one of my favourite authors I liked the way the narrative and subject began so heavily and lightened somewhat as the novel progressed, mirroring Mary s experience I liked Mary a lot, and even though not all of the questions get answered by the end of the tale, I liked that it was really a story about HER all the way through I also liked that, while it was a story about Mary s re awakening, and re birth, it was not about weightloss The focus was on her Another lovely, strange story from one of my favourite authors I liked the way the narrative and subject began so heavily and lightened somewhat as the novel progressed, mirroring Mary s experience I liked Mary a lot, and even though not all of the questions get answered by the end of the tale, I liked that it was really a story about HER all the way through I also liked that, while it was a story about Mary s re awakening, and re birth, it was not about weightloss The focus was on her shifting identity not some big makeover One thing I couldn t help but wonder about was the way L.L wrote Mary s attitude towards other women and a particular passage where she is thinking about observing a skinny blonde who could never know the fat person s perspective which based on the author photo kind of describes Lansens herself It struck me, and I wondered if it was meant to call attention to the fact that she could indeed imagine the fat person s perspective or was just something Mary would think I recently took a train trip to Montreal, and in the process, immersed myself completely in this wonderful, wonderful tale.Mary Gooch is a morbidly obese woman approaching her twenty fifth wedding anniversary to a husband who met her and married her in the one year of her life where she was pretty and slim.What Lansens does masterfully is give Mary Gooch a verisimilitude that doesn t hinder your empathy for her Mary is a woman who has led a life ruled by what she calls her Obeast and yet is a I recently took a train trip to Montreal, and in the process, immersed myself completely in this wonderful, wonderful tale.Mary Gooch is a morbidly obese woman approaching her twenty fifth wedding anniversary to a husband who met her and married her in the one year of her life where she was pretty and slim.What Lansens does masterfully is give Mary Gooch a verisimilitude that doesn t hinder your empathy for her Mary is a woman who has led a life ruled by what she calls her Obeast and yet is an approachable character who earns your compassion.Forced to be independent for the first time in her life, Mary s journey both in terms of geography and psychology is, simply put, engrossing and moving Mary Gooch will stay with you quite a while after you close the book This is a novel of transformation It begins slowly and somewhat ponderously, but this suits, because Mary Gooch, the main character, is somewhat ponderous herself, weighing in at the morbidly obese end of the scale Morbidly obese is defined as 100% orover ideal body weight Think about it Yes, she s big, and yes, she knows it She loves her husband, but food is her true lover The love affair is both blatant and illicit On the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary, her husband does n This is a novel of transformation It begins slowly and somewhat ponderously, but this suits, because Mary Gooch, the main character, is somewhat ponderous herself, weighing in at the morbidly obese end of the scale Morbidly obese is defined as 100% orover ideal body weight Think about it Yes, she s big, and yes, she knows it She loves her husband, but food is her true lover The love affair is both blatant and illicit On the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary, her husband does not come home This pierces even Mary s food obsessed torpor She manages to leave her hermit like existence and goes out into the world indeed to another country in search of both her man and answers Ultimately, she stumbles into self awareness.What I liked about this book was Mary s transformation, not so much physical, but in terms of how her mind and heart open and develop Yes, she does change some habits and transforms physically though, thank goodness, in arealistic way than chick lit books, where the fat girl has her heart broken and melts away into a size 2 Thearduous, startling journey is the one that moves her from a stifled, shuttered mind, to one that is aware, alert and active The small steps she takes add up, whether it s walking up a flight of stairs or discarding pop culture magazines to return to reading books.The characters that are in the book with Mary were portrayed realistically, even the missing Gooch, who seems like a really nice guy, undergoing his own rediscovery and search The book didn t end in a predictable, neatly wrapped bow, but still was totally believable It is, however, true to the title It tells the wife s tale.It s funny, but my main qualm was the cover of the book, which is a beautiful photograph, but seemed to me, not part of the book Yes, Mary makes it to the ocean, but even with her weight loss, during the book she s still a big gal The toned legs of the woman on the cover don t seem to fit my mind s image But it s beautiful and will probably sell books, so go for it Note Received this via the Firstreads program on Goodreads and was quite excited as I had read about it in the BookCrossing forums and Newsletter The author apparently mentions BookCrossing in the book Yay I really liked The Girls, so I was excited when this author came out with a new book And I have to say, this was just the kind of book I needed at a time when I am exhausted and craving something easy.If I could, I d give it 3.5 stars I drank the story down like a slurpee on a hot day The premise is that a sad, middle aged woman is left by her husband on their 25th wedding anniversary And for the first part of the book, as the character is coming to grips with her aloneness, the writing is I really liked The Girls, so I was excited when this author came out with a new book And I have to say, this was just the kind of book I needed at a time when I am exhausted and craving something easy.If I could, I d give it 3.5 stars I drank the story down like a slurpee on a hot day The premise is that a sad, middle aged woman is left by her husband on their 25th wedding anniversary And for the first part of the book, as the character is coming to grips with her aloneness, the writing is terrific The reader and the character simultaneously begin to see the shambles of this life and this marriage.However, the second half of the book gets a little silly, as the woman ventures to California in the hope of finding her husband It is supposed to be her first time going anywhere her first time on a plane, her first time in America, her first time being by herself in the world And lucky enough, she meets a whole host of quirky people who help her out The quirky strangers that work so well in Anne Tyler novels seem unrealistic in this one Plus, it would have been better to see the main character have to figure stuff out rather than have things work for her because of her encounters with miraculously helpful people And there were only two ways that this book could have ended One way would have been a cliche The other, deeply unsatisfying The author chose the unsatisfying route and it s not often that I root for a cliche Imagine that you were left all alone one night No spouse, no money, down on yourself, no children, no relatives active in your life, no future, and really no past except for the absent spouse What would you do Would you go down in flames Or would you soar like a phoenix, reborn from the ashes of prior life This is the story of Mary Gooch, an obese rural Canadian woman who declared that she would commit suicide if she weighedthan 300 pounds With that figure in the rearview mirror, she Imagine that you were left all alone one night No spouse, no money, down on yourself, no children, no relatives active in your life, no future, and really no past except for the absent spouse What would you do Would you go down in flames Or would you soar like a phoenix, reborn from the ashes of prior life This is the story of Mary Gooch, an obese rural Canadian woman who declared that she would commit suicide if she weighedthan 300 pounds With that figure in the rearview mirror, she continued to gain The day before her 25th wedding anniversary, her husband disappeared He left a note saying he had won the lottery and left her some money in the bank.Mary then embarked on the journey of her life.The Wife s Tale is a beautiful story, compelling told to the point that Mary becomes our hero I was excited to follow her evolution, cheering for her at every step in the path I celebrated her achievements and self realizations When she encountered adversity, or defeat, I hoped she would brush herself off and move forward, which she inevitably did This is a story of self determination at its finest We should all seek to find ourselves Mary does in her own way.I can only hope that I would be as strong as Mary.In the end, this is a story of self fulfillment Each of us is the master of our own destiny, reaping the harvest of what we sow Mary sowed affection, generosity, and faith in the strangers that she met She was rewarded with a new life Perhaps, she was far better off in her new life than had the prior life continued.The Wife s Tale is also a spiritual guide Though not a religious book as such, the life of Mary is a testament to the healing power of redemption A new life born from the bold.I loved this book and so will you This is Lansens third novel Her last book, The Girls, is one of my favourite and Rush Home Road was a wonderful novel which I loved too Her new work, This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I really wanted to like this and tried really hard, but in the end I found the protagonist Mary too annoying to sympathise with.The novel is beautifully written and tells the story of an obese woman whose husband leaves her on the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary She travels from their home in Canada to his mother s home in California to look for him and encounters new friends and experiences along the way While on her journey she reflects on her past, including her childlessness and how I really wanted to like this and tried really hard, but in the end I found the protagonist Mary too annoying to sympathise with.The novel is beautifully written and tells the story of an obese woman whose husband leaves her on the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary She travels from their home in Canada to his mother s home in California to look for him and encounters new friends and experiences along the way While on her journey she reflects on her past, including her childlessness and how her marriage has ended up the way it has.However, Mary is so self pitying that she wore out my patience long before the end of the book In addition the ending is unsatisfying for a number of reasons, so it feels like the novel just stops rather than actually ending


About the Author: Lori Lansens

Lori Lansens was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, a small Canadian town with a remarkable history as a terminus on the Underground Railroad, which became the setting for her first three bestselling novels After living in downtown Toronto most of her adult life, she moved with her family to the Santa Monica mountains near Los Angeles in 2006 A couple of years ago she relocated with her family to Calabasas, California, home of the Kardashians Her new novel This Little Light is set there.


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