The Doctor's Wife

The Doctor's Wife

Book - 2004
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By the acclaimed novelist of  All Things Cease to Appear

"The memory starts here, in my apron pocket, with the gun."

Lydia Haas is devoted to Jesus, her church, and her husband. Only recently, after it's too late, has she understood how much she has sacrificed to all of them.

Michael Knowles is a rising young doctor, an OB/gyn at a prominent hospital. A man committed to his principles, to rescues with uncertain outcomes; to his wife. The life they've made. He never intended to have to make a choice.

Annie Knowles is the "doctor's wife." The first time she walked into their 1812 Federal-style home in High Meadow, an idyllic town in upstate New York, she thought she'd be happy there forever. But that dream wore thin, and another man--a colleague at the local college where Annie teaches--is insinuating himself slowly, surely, passionately into her life.

Simon Haas' paintings of his wife Lydia made him famous. The story behind those paintings, and behind his marriage, is not one Simon chooses to tell. Until he meets Annie Knowles.

Elizabeth Brundage's stunning debut work of fiction is the story of these four and the cataclysmic intersection of their lives.
Publisher: New York : Plume, c2004
ISBN: 9780452286917
0452286913
Characteristics: 342 p

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ADULT_SUMMER
Jul 29, 2014

patron review:

It was filled with short stories. This is a good summer reading book.

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artemishi
Aug 31, 2013

This is a rare instance of DNF for me. I got halfway through the novel, and had to simply stop. Brundage's writing style isn't bad, although she seems fond of dropping cuss words into intellectual adult conservation for seemingly no reason, but the characters are ridiculously stupid. All four act like teenagers: no impulse control, wildly self-absorbed, manipulative and sullen. In fact, none of the adults in this town (outside of Albany) appear to have any ability to reasonably disagree with another human being, have an open mind or depth of personality, relate to anyone outside of the town....I kept expecting some sort of Stepford Wives scenario to unravel itself and explain this shallowness. In the end, it was just too hard for me to muster any desire to follow a trainwreck story about four adults that I roundly disliked in every way.

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ckross
Sep 06, 2012

Bookclub book August 2012

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nblaster
Oct 20, 2011

Save this book for a rainy day weekend, curled up on the couch with a warm cup of tea, because it is definitely hard to put down...

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glendamiller
Jul 08, 2011

I wasn't as impressed with this as I thought I would be although others seem to like it.

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prettyinpink1718
Dec 21, 2010

Reminds me a little of the movie Little Children.

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