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Novel About My Wife by Emily Perkins
Novel About My Wife is narrated by Tom Stone, reflecting on the last months of his life with his Australian wife, Ann, before she died. He was 40 and she was 39, pregnant with their first child. They lived a lower-middle class life outside of London, struggling to makes end meet and struggling with their pasts. Tom's writing career was failing and Ann lived a life haunted by a sense of danger. She often saw a stalker outside their residence, although Tom never did. Their marriage ebbed and flowed, tilting toward the rocks as their pasts and presents chafe against the other's. Novel About My Wife has received positive reviews with the London Times saying, "Perkins's earlier fiction (stories of antipodean youth and material culture) was both celebratory and satirical, scathing but full of bounce. Although her new novel deals with a more disappointed stage, it still displays her forceful, energetic prose, her glancing wit and her acute perceptions."