The Rebel Wife

The Rebel Wife

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Readers of "The Kitchen House "and "A Reliable Wife" will love this page-turning southern gothic novel set in Reconstruction Alabama, about a young widow whose quest for truth turns into a race for her life. Augusta Branson, born of a prominent Southern family made destitute by the Civil War, is forced by her family into marriage with a wealthy upstart. Ten years after her marriage and the end of the war, she watches her husband, Eli, die from a horrifying blood fever. Newly widowed, Augusta begins to wake to the realities that surround her: her social standing is stained by her marriage, she is alone and unprotected in a community that is being destroyed by racial prejudice and violence, the fortune she thought she would inherit does not exist, and the deadly blood fever is spreading like wildfire. Nothing is as she believed, everyone she trusts is hiding something from her, and if Augusta can't find a missing package, she and her son face certain death. Using the Southern Gothic tradition to subvert literary archetypes like the white Southern Gentleman, the good Mammy, the conniving scalawag, and the defenseless Southern Belle, "The Rebel Wife "shatters the myths that still cling to the antebellum South and creates an unforgettable heroine for our time.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 30.48mm | 458.13g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1451629516
  • 9781451629514
  • 2,279,119

Review quote

"Peeling back layers of deceit and myth combined, Taylor Polites takes us into an era we barely understand. The flawed human heart that finally comes to understand 'the truth' is at the heart of this enduring, suspenseful novel."--Patti Callahan Henry, author of "Coming Up for Air"show more

About Taylor M Polites

Taylor M. Polites received an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, where he was awarded the 2009 Norris Church Mailer Scholarship. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.show more

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1,220 ratings
3.18 out of 5 stars
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4 25% (308)
3 39% (479)
2 19% (231)
1 5% (63)
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