The Ninth Wife

The Ninth Wife

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"I love this book's deft, fresh take on male-female relationships."
--Marisa de los Santos, New York Times bestselling author of Belong to Me

"A vibrant, nuanced novel about marriage, identity, and the moment when we realize that the shimmer of fantasy pales next to the tumultuous reality of ordinary, everyday happiness."
--Carolyn Parkhurst, author of The Dogs of Babel

In The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls, Bess Gray has just learned that the man she loves, the man who asked for her hand in marriage, has been married eight times before. This funny, touching, and surprising novel follows Bess on her cross-country odyssey to learn about her oft-wed fiance from the eight ex-spouses who came before. Stolls, an acclaimed author of Young Adult novels and winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award brilliantly explores the very grown-up world of male-female relationships and family dynamics in the delightful, unforgettable new masterwork of contemporary women's fiction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 476 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 35.56mm | 362.87g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061851892
  • 9780061851896
  • 416,587

Review quote

-THE NINTH WIFE is a vibrant, nuanced novel about marriage, identity and the moment when we realize that the shimmer of fantasy pales next to the tumultuous reality of ordinary, everyday happiness.---Carolyn Parkhurst, bestselling author of The Dogs of Babel
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What sane woman would consider becoming any man's ninth wife?

Bess Gray is a thirty-five-year-old folklorist and amateur martial artist living in Washington, DC. Just as she's about to give up all hope of marriage, she meets Rory, a charming Irish musician, and they fall in love. But Rory is a man with a secret, which he confesses to Bess when he asks for her hand: He's been married eight times before. Shocked, Bess embarks on a quest she feels she must undertake before she can give him an answer. With her bickering grandparents (married sixty-five years), her gay neighbor (himself a mystery), a shar-pei named Stella, and a mannequin named Peace, Bess sets out on a cross-country journey--unbeknownst to Rory--to seek out and question the wives who came before. What she discovers about her own past is far more than she bargained for.

The Ninth Wife is a smart, funny, eye-opening tale of love, marriage, and the power of stories to unlock the true meaning of home and family.
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2,131 ratings
3.3 out of 5 stars
5 10% (205)
4 33% (707)
3 39% (831)
2 14% (303)
1 4% (85)
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