This is the second book by Lori Lansens that I have read, and like the other The Girls, I was not disappointed in The Wife’s Tale.
This is the story of Mary Gooch, a morbidly obese Canadian woman whose husband leaves her on the eve of their 25th wedding anniversary. When she reads his note, she learns that he had won the lottery, left her some money, and went off to think things through.
Mary doesn’t accept this, she goes off to California, to where his mother lives in the hopes of finding him. My only qualm with the book is all of the things that happen to her in California and how she handles them. Some of the things just seemed a little too pat, a little too planned out, and even a little too over the top. But then I thought about it, and really this book reads like a fairy tale. Only instead of the princess finding her prince at the end of her long journey, she finds herself.
Because that’s what this novel is, it is the story of Mary Gooch finding herself. I found strength and encouragement reading this book, it made me want to be strong like Mary. I am not obese (or obeast, which is what she thought it was called when she young) and I don’t have the kind of relationship with food that she has. I imagine though, that if I was (or did), I would find even more in this book that spoke to me.
This is the perfect book for Food For Thought, because this whole book is about food and how we relate to it. Though once again, in typical me-fashion, I have stretched the thin thread between the book and my food. My food is sushi. What??? Yeah, I know. But when I think of sushi, I think of the ubiquitous California roll…and Mary went to California…see. Pretty genius. Sort of.
And I didn’t make this sushi, it was some I picked up at Publix! Grocery store sushi! But it was surprisingly good as was this book!
One last thing…has anyone noticed that I wrote an entire book review without copying a paragraph from Amazon?