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How to Be a Good Wife - Emma Chapman

How to Be a Good Wife - Emma Chapman
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Title: How to Be a Good Wife

Author:  Emma Chapman

ISBN:  9781447216186

Weight:  811g

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How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman/h2>

I know what my husband would say: that I have too much time on my hands; that I need to keep myself busy.  That I need to take my medication.  Empty nest syndrome, he tells his friends at the pub, his mother.  He’s always said I have a vivid imagination

Marta and Hector have been married for a long time – so long that she finds it difficult to remember her life before him.  He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she can to be a good wife.

But when Hector comes home with a secret, their ordered domestic life begins to unravel.  In the shadows there is a blonde girl that only Marta can see.  And she is trying to tell her something…

Peer & Press Reviews

Chapman’s debut can be read both as a taut thriller and an allegory of the female experience in an unhappy marriage, the waning sense of self felt by the woman who attends to the needs of her family before her own…  Marta’s gradual slide into madness is brilliantly convincing.  As with Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, the narrator’s psychological torment contrasts disconcertingly with the detached language in which it is described.  It makes for a darkly fascinating debut.

Financial Times

Wonderfully assured…  This is a tale of the tricks repression, denial and memory can play on us…  Set in an eerie, purposefully undefined part of Scandinavia, this is an unnerving, clever read.  It’s one of those novels (think Gone Girl) with a big twist.

Viv Groskop, Red

On the surface the book is a highly competent, creepy little chiller, but beneath, like a silent, bolted and half-dark room, there’s a much bigger, equally disconcerting story about the nature of feminine experience.  It’s an accomplished debut from a writer who shows insight and emotional power.

Hilary Mantel

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title How to Be a Good Wife
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Lined “I have failed him again…”
Dated 03.01.2013 [publication date]
Book Stats
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9781447216186
ISBN 10 1447216180
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 273
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 144 x 28mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Claire Weir
Jacket photograph Gary Isaacs / Trevillion Images

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