The Half Wives

A Novel
Author(s): Stacia Pelletier
Original Publish Date: Apr 04, 2017
Product Number: EB00679562
Released: Apr 04, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780547519463
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"Part historical fiction, part heartbreaking romance, part bildungsroman, this book takes readers on a journey rich with detail and darkness" (Seattle Book Review). Henry Plageman is a master secret-keeper. A former Lutheran minister, he lost his faith after losing his infant son, Jack, many years ago; his wife, Marilyn, remains consumed by grief. But Henry has another life—another woman and another child—unknown to Marilyn. His lover, Lucy, yearns for a man she can be with openly while their eight-year-old daughter, Blue, tries to make sense of her parents' fractured lives The Half Wives follows these interconnected characters through one momentous day, May 22, 1897, the sixteenth anniversary of Jack's birth. Marilyn distracts herself with charity work. Henry needs to talk his way out of the police station, where he has spent the night for disorderly conduct. Lucy must rescue the intrepid Blue, who has fallen in a saltwater well. Before long, the four will be drawn to the same destination—the city cemetery on the outskirts of San Francisco—where the collision of lives and secrets leaves no one unaltered. A Finalist for the Townsend Prize "The developing San Francisco of the 1890s becomes a rich background for these three as they play out their messy, somber, intertwined fates." —The New York Times Book Review "A poignant, sometimes heart-rending, beautifully crafted, always gripping tale of loss and love, and the human need to try to set things right." —Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd "Pelletier's writing is moving and enthralling . . . [She] keeps readers hooked right up to the book's satisfying conclusion." —Publishers Weekly

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