Single Wife

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Algonquin Books, Jun 12, 2003 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Grace Brookman's husband is missing. He wasn't kidnapped or murdered (she's fairly certain); he just seems to have run away from home. He got up one morning, and with an offhand Gracie, I'll be back in a little while, he was gone. Laz had left before, but this time, when several weeks pass and he doesn't return, Grace copes with the situation by pretending to family and friends that he's still around.

At first, Grace covers for Laz in little ways: rumpling the sheets on his side of the bed every morning for the housekeeper, turning up his favorite music so the neighbors will hear it, leaving the doorman a daily cup of coffee, just as Laz always did. Soon Grace's life is completely consumed with re-creating his life.

Over time the deception takes on a life of its own as her charade becomes more elaborate and she begins lying to friends and family, even her overbearing, ever-present Upper East Side parents. Grace finds herself steeped in denial about the truth of her husband's disappearance--and the truth about him, as clues arise to suggest that he isn't the man she thought he was.

In the spirit of Laura Zigman and Jennifer Weiner, Nina Solomon gives us a portrait of a young woman unraveled, who attempts to pull herself back together in the face of a most unusual crisis.
 

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User Review  - clayhollow - LibraryThing

Grace Brookman's husband Laz has just dissappeared. He left one day and never came home. It wasn't the first time but it is the first time he'd been gone this long. Grace spends her days pretending ... Read full review

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User Review  - coolmama - LibraryThing

I was very unimpressed with this debut novel. Grace has the perfect husband - Laz Bookman is handsome, intelligent, a Pulitizer Prize winner for his account of Bosnia, successful and absent. He just ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgments
1 THE DUROLITES
2 JANE MEETS THE INVISIBLE MAN
3 A PERFECT MATCH
4 INNOCENTS ABROAD
5 THE MAGIC 8BALL
6 ITS A MYSTERY
7 WOODSTOCK
16 WATSON AND CRICK
17 A GRIMM TALE
18 BRINGING UP BABY
19 THE INSTALLATION
20 LITTLE ODESSA
21 DOWN THE HATCH
22 THE ABATEMENT
23 FREQUENT FLYER

8 THE BUTTERBALL
9 BOTTOMS UP
10 THE UGLY DUCKLING
11 PAST DUE
12 THE PINK TEA CUP
13 THE PAINTED LADY
14 THE DOPPELGANGER
15 SPELT NIGHT
24 SOUL KITCHEN
25 GRACES INTERVENTION
26 MAMBO NIGHT
27 VISITING HOURS
28 THE UNINVITED GUEST
29 SPRING CLEANING
30 LIGHTS OUT
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Nina Solomon received her MA from Columbia University. She lives in Manhattan with her son, Nathaniel.

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