When her husband suddenly becomes ill, a woman realizes, to her horror, that a part of her wishes he would die and free her from a worn-out marriage. Such is the premise of the title story. Courageously writing about emotions that most other authors instinctively bury under layers of shame or fear, Sharon Butala's collection of 16 vignettes about the inner lives of women captured rave reviews from critics when it first appeared in hardcover.
Breathing life into every page, she magically creates stunning emotional moments without excessive show or ornament. Butala, a native of rural Saskatchewan, was a nominee for the 1986 Governor General's Literary Award and winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award. She was awarded a silver medal at the 1991 National Magazine Awards.
There are hard truths contained in these stories ... but the fiction itself is so well crafted and compelling that it simply won't let us go". -- The Globe and Mail