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A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

November 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Book Group, Books, City Library, Events, Main Branch

For the month of November the Thursday evening book discussion group will be reading “A Reliable Wife” by Robert Goolrick. In this novel set in rural Wisconsin in the early 1900’s, Ralph Truitt, a successful businessman, advertises for a “reliable wife” through a classified ad: “Country businessman seeks reliable wife. Compelled by practical not romantic reasons. . . . Discreet.” And so during a Wisconsin winter “cold enough to sear the skin from your bones” widower Ralph Truitt, the wealthiest man in town, stands frozen in place on a train platform, but inside he’s burning with the unsated desire of 20 solitary years. The woman who answers his ad, Catherine Land, is not what he expects.  Both Ralph and Catherine have their own agendas, which play out in this suspenseful tale of seduction and passion. This is a bodice ripper with a hundred thousand pearly buttons, ripped off one at a time, with agonizing restraint. So plan to join us to discuss this intriguing a Gothic tale.  This book discussion will meet in the Hunt Room on November 8th from 7 to 8:30PM. For more information contact Sarah at 624-6560.

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