When Cole, a horse trainer proposes to Hannah, daughter of a wealthy Southern family, it comes as a shock to everyone. After a twenty-year marriage, he leaves her for one of her best friends. As they play out their passions, their beloved daughter Mattie is caught in the middle, and old secrets and sentiments spring to unsettle their relationship.
Here is the story of a relationship told in reverse - from the dissolution of the couple's marriage to its magical beginning. When Cole, a gorgeous never-do-well horse trainer and stereotypical bad boy, proposes to Hannah, daughter of a wealthy Southern family, it comes as a shock to everyone. After a twenty-year marriage, Cole leaves Hannah for one of her best friends. As Cole and Hannah play out their passions on a ranch in Kentucky, their beloved daughter Mattie is caught in the middle, and old secrets and sentiments spring forth to unsettle their relationship.
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"[Shepard] skillfully reconstructs the complicated emotional terrain of a marriage gone sour.... And the real treat is the writing: clean, no-frills and bulls-eye accurate." -"The Washington Post" "Taut, disturbing and memorable, this portrait of a marriage gone awry gains unusual power and poetry through its deft inversions of the past."-Andrea Barrett, National Book Award-winning author of "Voyage of the Narwhal" and "Servants of the Map" "Here is a book of exquisite narrative tension, where the adults struggle to grow up, and the children are left to carry them along, and it is never certain either will succeed. Here is an unsentimental love story so closely observed that, like romance itself, it is nothing less than a gripping psychological thriller."-Sue Halpern, author of "The Book of Hard Things" "Like a deft therapist, Shepard takes the narrative backward through time, making ever deeper incursions into her characters' memories, even as they inch ahead with their lives." -"O" magazine
About Karen Shepard
Karen Shepard is the author of the novels An Empire of Women and What Have We Done, which is forthcoming. She teaches writing and literature at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and their three children.
The Bad Boy's Wife by Karen Shepard
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