Details Reviews The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler is an unforgettable novel about a mysterious mail-order bride in the wake of WWII, whose sudden decision ripples through time to deeply impact the daughter she never knew In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to a man she's never met. But, upon seeing her at the train station, Sol Kramer turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep—and doomed—love. It is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be.
It soon becomes clear to her new husband and his family that she is not the woman she claimed to be. This is made even more evident when she suddenly disappears leaving her infant daughter and husband with only two journals and an uncut diamond to remember her by.
As the daughter grows up she receives occasional and confusing gifts in the mail from The imposter bride mother which only leave her with more unanswered questions. Why did her mother abandon her? What is her mother's true identity? Where did she The imposter bride These unanswered questions lead her to begin a search for her mother.
I was excited to read this Advanced Reading Copy for a few reasons. While it has always fascinated me, the books that I usually read on that subject tend to focus on the actual war and don't use the historic backdrop of the aftermath of the war.
I loved that The Imposter Bride shows that the devastation didn't end with the war. Richler not only focuses on Lily's character but how the war affected the Jewish community in Montreal as well.
Secondly, the story had many criteria that I feel make up a great read. There was mystery, family drama, history and the fact that it was set in Canada was icing on the cake for me.
Being a very proud Canuck I loved reading a book set in Canada. But it's with more than a little embarrassment that I admit that I don't read nearly enough Canadian fiction.
Yes, I have my favourite Canadian authors Kelley Armstrong, Susanna Kearsley and Lawrence Hill to name a few but I know that I need to take a jump into the Canadian author pool more regularly to find those Canadian gems and experience the talent that is right in my own backyard!
Richler definitely knows how to draw the reader in with her writing. Right from the start of the book I loved Richler's voice which was engaging and made me want to keep reading to find out more about her characters. While Ruth was the main character of the story it was Lily who drew me in and kept me reading.
Lily was a very complicated and tragic character. Here's this woman who survives the war, steals the identity of another woman in order to have a chance at a better life only to find that things don't go as smoothly as she had planned. I do wish that we had heard more from Lily's point of view after she left her family.
I would have loved to have heard Lily's inner dialogue about why she left and what she was feeling at the time. Overall, I liked this book. The characters were interesting, the plot had a good pace but, if I'm being honest, I felt a little let down when I learned why Lily left her family.
I suppose I was expecting some huge family secret to be unleashed on the family.
When I read the real reason she took off on her infant and husband it was less dramatic than I was expecting. I'm not sure how I feel about this book. On one hand I loved the subject, the era and the characters but unfortunately it just didn't grab me as much as I had hoped.The imposter bride, Nancy Richler.
Resource Information The item The imposter bride, Nancy Richler. The Imposter Bride is a jewel of a book.
With a true storyteller’s craft, Richler spins her tale and her characters from the wreckage that was the inheritance of World War /5(35). The Imposter Bride is in many ways a mystery novel; the question of who Ruth’s mother actually is propels the narrative as pieces of her story are slowly revealed.
In this vein, it is successful. "The Imposter Bride" is a reflective and introspective probing of the impact on a young woman of her mother's unexplained desertion shortly after her birth.
There is a quiet This fine novel, set mostly in Montreal (with segments from Poland and from Thunder Bay,) is another on the short list for the Giller Prize in Canada/5.
The Imposter Bride Nancy Richler, St. Martin's Press pp. ISBN Summary The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler is an unforgettable novel about a mysterious mail-order bride in the wake of WWII, whose sudden decision ripples through time to deeply impact the daughter she never knew In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her.
Nancy Richler, the author of the novels Throwaway Angels, Your Mouth Is Lovely and The Imposter Bride, has died at the age of 60 from complications related to cancer, according to her publisher.