The Doctor's Wife

The Doctor's Wife

Book - 2005
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Penguin Putnam
A stunning work of literary suspense by the the acclaimed author of All Things Cease to Appear.

“The memory starts here, in my apron pocket, with the gun.”

Lydia Haas is devoted to Jesus, her church, and her husband. Only recently, after it’s too late, has she understood how much she has sacrificed to all of them.

Michael Knowles is a rising young doctor, an OB/gyn at a prominent hospital. A man committed to his principles, to rescues with uncertain outcomes; to his wife. The life they’ve made. He never intended to have to make a choice.

Annie Knowles is the “doctor’s wife.” The first time she walked into their 1812 Federal-style home in High Meadow, an idyllic town in upstate New York, she thought she’d be happy there forever. But that dream wore thin, and another man—a colleague at the local college where Annie teaches—is insinuating himself slowly, surely, passionately into her life.

Simon Haas’ paintings of his wife Lydia made him famous. The story behind those paintings, and behind his marriage, is not one Simon chooses to tell. Until he meets Annie Knowles.

Elizabeth Brundage’s debut work of fiction is the story of two couples and the cataclysmic intersection of their lives.

Random House, Inc.
“The memory starts here, in my apron pocket, with the gun.”

So begins The Doctor’s Wife, a stunning debut novel about four people and the cataclysmic intersection of their lives. Michael is a rising OB/GYN at a prominent private practice in Albany, New York; he also moonlights at a local women’s health clinic. But Annie, his wife, has become tired of her workaholic husband’s absences, and the soccer-mom lifestyle has worn thin. She begins a passionate love affair with bad-boy, fading celebrity painter Simon Haas—an affair that quickly goes awry when Simon’s wife Lydia, who is also the model upon whom he built his career, discovers the truth.

Abortion, local evangelism, marital disenchantment, and the rifts of social class: Brundage takes on the fault lines of our era with a deft hand.

Baker & Taylor
The seemingly idyllic family life of Michael, a rising doctor who also works at an abortion clinic, and Annie, a teacher who is finding the role of doctor's wife stale, is threatened by a mysterious perpetrator who is either opposed to Michael's work or harboring violent feelings toward Annie. A first novel. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Penguin, c2005.
ISBN: 9780452286917
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jul 29, 2014

patron review:

It was filled with short stories. This is a good summer reading book.

Aug 31, 2013

This is a rare instance of DNF for me. I got halfway through the novel, and had to simply stop. Brundage's writing style isn't bad, although she seems fond of dropping cuss words into intellectual adult conservation for seemingly no reason, but the characters are ridiculously stupid. All four act like teenagers: no impulse control, wildly self-absorbed, manipulative and sullen. In fact, none of the adults in this town (outside of Albany) appear to have any ability to reasonably disagree with another human being, have an open mind or depth of personality, relate to anyone outside of the town....I kept expecting some sort of Stepford Wives scenario to unravel itself and explain this shallowness. In the end, it was just too hard for me to muster any desire to follow a trainwreck story about four adults that I roundly disliked in every way.

Sep 06, 2012

Bookclub book August 2012

Oct 20, 2011

Save this book for a rainy day weekend, curled up on the couch with a warm cup of tea, because it is definitely hard to put down...

Jul 08, 2011

I wasn't as impressed with this as I thought I would be although others seem to like it.

Dec 21, 2010

Reminds me a little of the movie Little Children.


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