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The Sunday Wifeby Cassandra King
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A Vibrant New Voice from the Heart of the South.
In the tradition of Patricia Gaffney's Saving Graces — a captivating novel about one woman's journey toward independence and the life-changing friendship that guides her there.
Married for 20 years to the Reverend Benjamin Lynch, a handsome, ambitious minister of the prestigious Methodist church, Dean Lynch has never quite adjusted her temperament to the demands of the role of a Sunday wife. When her husband is assigned to a larger and more demanding community in the Florida panhandle, Dean becomes fast friends with Augusta Holderfield, a woman whose good looks and extravagant habits immediately entrance her. As their friendship evolves, Augusta challenges Dean to break free from her traditional role as the preacher's wife. Just as Dean is questioning everything she has always valued, a tragedy occurs, providing the catalyst for change in ways she never could have imagined.
"Finely drawn characters and complicated social intrigue make King's second novel a charming read....King has written a truly heartwarming story...she has a sure winner here." Publishers Weekly
"An earnest debut about an unhappy preacher's wife....Carefully crafted but predictable." Kirkus Reviews
"King, author Pat Conroy's wife, captures the redolence of the South and the trickiness of Bible-belt society in an impressive debut." Patty Engelmann, Booklist
"Told in the first person and heavy on Southern atmosphere, this novel is peppered with Dean's wry observations....King...has proven herself to be an extraordinary author in her own right." Library Journal
"An intelligent, witty novel, skillfully written." Boston Globe
"Rich [and] satisfying." People
"Delivers haunting messages about the nature of love, freedom and forgiveness." Orlando Sentinel
"Joining a distinguished tradition of southern women writers, King explores the complexities of class and sexism." Birmingham News
"A tasty and irresistible treat." BookPage
"A wonderful book. Cassandra King catches these quirky, complex people and their world flawlessly." Anne River Siddons
"A dazzling tale of deception, heartbreak and transcendence...sparkles with vitality and truth." Connie May Fowler
"A stunner, a page-turner of a story that's at the same time smart and funny and alert to the nuances of the complicated South. Dean Lynch in the title role will absolutely steal your heart." Josephine Humphreys
"An enticing novel...from page one, the reader will be rooting for the liberation of the courageous and talented wife, Dean, from her repressive husband." Sena Jeter Naslund
Now in paperback, a captivating novel about one woman's journey toward independence and the life-changing friendship that guides her there. Until she met Augusta Holderfield, Dean Lynch was content to be a Sunday wife, the proud spouse of Reverend Benjamin Lynch. But gradually she realized that her husband was a different person than the congregation imagined, and she was at the crossroads of becoming a different person, too. Josephine Humphreys called The Sunday Wife "smart and funny and alert to the nuances of the complicated South."
About the Author
Cassandra King was born in Alabama, where she has taught English and writing. Her second novel, The Sunday Wife, was published to terrific reviews and acclaim. She now lives in South Carolina's low country with her husband, Pat Conroy, whom she met when she asked him to write a quote for Making Waves.
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