23 April 2010

Featuring . . . My Wife's Affair by Nancy Woodruff

This Friday and every Friday for the next couple of months, I will be featuring a book that was published under the Amy Einhorn Books imprint. I am starting with the 2009 books and will spotlight them in alphabetical order by year.

Publisher's Weekly
's starred review of My Wife's Affair opens by telling us that Nancy Woodruff "leaves not a dry eye in the house in this gripping ode to theater and the love it can command—and crush." The publisher summarizes the novel like this:

Georgie and Peter, very much in love, move to London with their three children. Once there, Georgie's dormant acting career takes off and she wins the role of Dora Jordan in a one-woman show. Dora Jordan was the most famous comic actress of the eighteenth century (she had thirteen illegitimate children, including ten by the future king of England).

As Georgie rehearses for her part, she becomes increasingly drawn to Dora Jordan, who she sees as a working mother with struggles exactly like her own. And when Georgie can no longer fight her attraction to the playwright, she begins an affair with tragic results.

Narrated by Peter, a failed-writer-turned-businessman, My Wife's Affair is about infidelity, passion, duty, and about finally getting what you want and then wanting still more.
I was initially attracted to My Wife's Affair for a number of reasons, including that it is set in London, it involves the theater, and it explores a marriage. But then I went to Nancy Woodruff's website and read the excerpt, and I was taken in by the prose. I wanted to read more . . . immediately.

After I saw what
Kelly of KellyVision had to say, I ordered a copy of the book. I can't wait for it to get here. Kelly's review ends with: "Books like this one are why I read so much—because every so often, you find one that just grabs you and won't let you go and is dangerously close to perfection."

This book was featured as part of the Amy Einhorn Books Reading Challenge (click to join the fun). For information about the imprint, please read Amy Einhorn's open letter posted here on January 25, 2010.

My Wife's Affair at Powell's
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Published by Putnam/Amy Einhorn, April 2010
ISBN-13: 9780399156298


Kelly 4/23/10, 7:54 AM  

I've been a total book pusher for this one. So far, everyone's seemed to really like it. :)

Julie P. 4/23/10, 8:32 AM  

I just happen to have this one and I agree that when I skimmed it, it looks terrific!

Nise' 4/23/10, 9:12 AM  

I love to read these words in a review,"grabs you and won't let you go".!

bermudaonion 4/23/10, 12:01 PM  

I've been attracted to every single book you've featured on here!

Sandy Nawrot 4/23/10, 12:29 PM  

I agree with Kathy, I've yet to see one that doesn't sound fantastic. At this point, I'm in search of A.E. books that are on audio. I'm so much quicker with them than regular books!

Margot 4/23/10, 12:35 PM  

I love this Friday feature. It's like the previews at the movie. I know I'm going to read the books for the AE Challenge but your posts get me more enthused to keep reading.

Cath 4/24/10, 12:02 PM  

Wow, this sounds really juicy and really awesome! Great review.

Jenners 4/24/10, 8:52 PM  

You do have a way of making me want to read ALL OF THESE book!

Jenny 4/24/10, 9:42 PM  

Awesome!! I think I'm going to go join this challenge!

S. Krishna 4/25/10, 10:11 AM  

I've got this one to review and can't wait to get to it!

Jen - devourer of books 4/26/10, 2:51 PM  

Funny that I'm posting after Swapna, because I came to say that she just read it (I guess yesterday after she left that comment) and really liked it. I'm definitely looking forward to this one.

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