Ralph Truit wanted a wife, a reliable wife. Stubbornly averse to frills or compromises, this successful businessman did what came naturally: He placed a small advertisement in a Chicago newspaper. Catherine Land, the woman who answered his classified ad, had an equally simple, though certainly more devious plan: She would marry Truit and eventually kill him. In Robert Goolrick’s first novel, set in the early 20th century Midwest, both these plans come awry in the course of quite human events. This subtle, passionate psychological novel snares and keeps your interest because its characters and our feelings about them change before our eyes. Readers will never forget what happens to the mail-order mates during their first harsh Wisconsin winter together.

 

 

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by IBIS on ‎09-03-2009 03:52 PM

This is a lovely story... and your review captures it... I like your phrasing... "subtle, passionate psychological novel snares and keeps your interest because its characters and our feeling about them change before our eyes."

 

I agree... the writing is simple and clean... I was half way through the story when I realized that, like a spider, the author had spun his web around me. I finished it in one sitting.... absolutely captivating story.

 

 

 

 

by Geenyas on ‎11-06-2009 01:25 PM

Sex! Sex!! Sex!!! and now that I have your attention, SEX! This book is all about sexual desires -- suppressed, repressed, expressed, subverted, diverted, perverted. That said, it's not a lurid or leering look at sexuality. The sex is not gratuitous. Set in early 20th Century Middle America, think "Sister Carrie" meets "The Postman Always Rings Twice". I'm only half-way through the audio book and I find myself driving miles past my exit, just so I can listen to another chapter. The story keeps moving, opening new doors, so that when you think you know what is going on or what is going to happen, you are often surprised.

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