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The Imposter Bride

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The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler is an unforgettable novel about a mysterious mail-order bride in the wake of WWII, whose sudden decision ripples through time to deeply impact the daughter she never knew

In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to a man shes never met. But, upon seeing her at the train station, Sol Kramer turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep—and doomed—love. It is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters when she disappears, leaving a new husband and a baby daughter with only a diary, a large uncut diamond - and a need to find the truth

Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It's up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions, as she searches for the mother she may never find or truly know.

 

Review:

"Richler's third novel explores emotional devastation that lasts generations, delivering a powerful punch. In post-WWII Montreal, Canada, Lily Kramer, a young refugee, marries Nathan, the brother of the man with whom she had corresponded and who, after catching his first glimpse of his bride-to-be, refused to marry her. But Lily is no saint herself, and not who she portrays herself to be. Told in alternating chapters, Lily's life after marrying Nathan is juxtaposed with the life of her daughter, Ruth, abandoned soon after she was born. Two notebooks and a mysterious diamond are all that remain for Ruth of her mother, along with a need to know the truth ('Could a person really lose her very sense of self because the world that formed and reflected that self back to her was destroyed?'). Richler — whose previous novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award — perfectly captures Lily's heartbreak and the secrets that she keeps. Chapter by chapter the wrenching secrets of the Kramer family peel away, until finally what Lily has hidden is revealed. Once the truth comes, it is heartbreaking. Agent: Dean Cooke, the Cooke Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to a man shes never met. But, upon seeing her at the train station, Sol Kramer turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep and doomed love. It is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Kramer shatters when she disappears, leaving a new husband and a baby daughter with only a diary, a large uncut diamond—and a need to find the truth.

Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It's up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions, as she searches for the mother she may never truly know, in The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler.

*Winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award

*Short-listed for the 2012 Giller Prize

About the Author

NANCY RICHLER's short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals, including The Fiddlehead, Room of Ones Own, and The New Quarterly. Her previous novel, Your Mouth is Lovely, published in eleven countries, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italys 2004 Adei Wizo Award. She lives in Montreal.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250010063
Author:
Richler, Nancy
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Contemporary Women
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Richler's third novel explores emotional devastation that lasts generations, delivering a powerful punch. In post-WWII Montreal, Canada, Lily Kramer, a young refugee, marries Nathan, the brother of the man with whom she had corresponded and who, after catching his first glimpse of his bride-to-be, refused to marry her. But Lily is no saint herself, and not who she portrays herself to be. Told in alternating chapters, Lily's life after marrying Nathan is juxtaposed with the life of her daughter, Ruth, abandoned soon after she was born. Two notebooks and a mysterious diamond are all that remain for Ruth of her mother, along with a need to know the truth ('Could a person really lose her very sense of self because the world that formed and reflected that self back to her was destroyed?'). Richler — whose previous novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award — perfectly captures Lily's heartbreak and the secrets that she keeps. Chapter by chapter the wrenching secrets of the Kramer family peel away, until finally what Lily has hidden is revealed. Once the truth comes, it is heartbreaking. Agent: Dean Cooke, the Cooke Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to a man shes never met. But, upon seeing her at the train station, Sol Kramer turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep and doomed love. It is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Kramer shatters when she disappears, leaving a new husband and a baby daughter with only a diary, a large uncut diamond—and a need to find the truth.

Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It's up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions, as she searches for the mother she may never truly know, in The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler.

*Winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award

*Short-listed for the 2012 Giller Prize

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