Book: The Wife of Reilly, by Jennifer Coburn
Genre: Romantic comedy
Where I got it: Free Kindle download
Length: 304 pages
Briefly, it’s about Prudence, a New York accountant who wants to divorce her husband Reilly, in order to marry the college sweetheart with whom she has unexpectedly re-connected – but who, to assuage her guilt at dumping Reilly, attempts to find a new wife for him to replace herself.
Comments: The plot is totally absurd, yet there are interesting flashes of reality in here – if there weren’t, I wouldn’t have kept reading to the end. Elements of the story of Prudence’s relationship with her father were revealing, and towards the end there was an unexpectedly positive account of her encounter with a Catholic nun in a hospital chapel. But the closing chapter? Ah well, we all need to escape from reality from time to time.
Challenges: Ebook reading challenge.