Paint Your Wife

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Penguin Books Limited, Apr 1, 2004 - Fiction - 304 pages
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New Egypt is a small town on the slide. Businesses are failing, people are leaving. Men and women fall prey to craving elsewhere. A mural painted by Alma brings new interest in the town. During the Second World War, Alma, a painter, takes advantage of the boys being away and paints the women of the town in lieu of payment for his rat catching efforts. His special favourite is Alice, and soon their sessions turn into a real affair. Husband George returns from the war. To prove his love and reclaim his wife he sets out to move a hill &- with a single wheelbarrow, all on his own. Years later, Alma revives his 'in lieu of' payment so an abandoned mother living in the depressed town can make her way. For others looking to escape various corners of despair, Paint Your Wife is the answer. In learning to look, they rediscover one another. Indifference gives way to appreciation. From multi-award-winning author, Lloyd Jones.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In this droll, beguiling tale, the mayor of a depressed New Zealand town finds an unusual way to damp pessimism and rekindle cooled marriages. The town of New Egypt began to empty out in the 1970s ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Lloyd Jones is one of New Zealand's best known contemporary writers. He has published essays and children's books but his best known works include the novels The Book of Fame, winner of numerous literary awards, Biografi, a New York Times Notable Book, Choo Woo, Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance, Paint Your Wife and the phenomenally successful Mister Pip, winner of the 2007 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Montana Medal for Fiction and the Kiriyama Writers' Prize. Mister Pip was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2007. He lives in Wellington.

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