Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick is the February Book Club Book

Lonliness, Lust and the Mail-Order Bride:
According to Ron Charles with the Washington Post, The curtain rises in 1907 during a Wisconsin winter "cold enough to sear the skin from your bones.". Ralph Truitt, the wealthiest man in town, stands frozen in place on a train platform but inside he's burning with the unsated desire of 20 solitary years." Charles goes on to say that the floor collapses in almost every chapter, and we suddenly crash through assumptions we'd thought were solid. Goolrick keeps probing at the way people force themselves not to know something -- not to believe the truth-- in order to fulfill their deepest longings. Read Ron Charles' entire review at

I know this is not the book you were expecting. A Serious Man turned out to be a screenplay so Sara and I made a quick decision to go in this direction. I hope you all agree this sounds like a fun and interesting read.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m at the Pioneer Bookshop. Until then, please post your comments and observances here for all to see.


  1. This is a very hot seller. The Pioneer Bookshop had trouble finding copies from distributors and even the publisher was out. There are some in stock now. The first reports I'm hearing say the book is a page turner and a bodice ripper. I imagine there could be some blushing at the next meeting! I haven't started it yet. Maybe Valentines Day? *blush*

  2. The meeting is coming up quickly. I finished the book on the airplane from a business trip. Sometimes I was embarrased to imagine that my neighbor was glancing at the pages that were steamy! I like this story. I like the way the characters were revealed a little at a time with many surprises to keep me wondering. I felt the emotions of Catherine, Ralph and Antonio. I liked the different perspectives on the same scenes. I look forward to talking with you about this.

    Keep in mind a book for next month. I'd like to try a murder mystery this time. At the moment I'm reading The Mermaid Chair from the author of The Secret Life of Bees. I think that would be a good one too.

  3. This book was interesting, controversial and quite unique! It has charisma and keeps the reader's interest just to find out what makes these characters tick. It was a quick read but not predictable. Lots to talk about and great discussion book for book clubs.