In this dazzling debut, Taylor M. Polites crafts a Southern gothic novel that mines classic literary archetypes while shaping them in new ways.
Set in Reconstruction-era Alabama, The Rebel Wife opens with Augusta Branson losing her husband to a terrible blood fever. Now she and her son must fend for themselves in a community being destroyed by violence. When the inheritance she expected suddenly disappears, Augusta starts hunting for answers, but she’ll have to find them fast—before the deadly fever claims the life of everyone in town, including her son.
©2012 Taylor M. Polites (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
A amazing story about a horrible time in our American history. Augusta's story pulls the reader along on her journey to confront her past and present, and look forward into an uncertain future.
I have already recommended this book to countless friends! I actually started with the print version after seeing it featured in Oprah Winfrey's O MAGAZINE. My copy arrived at the beginning of one of my busiest weekends, so I promised myself I'd only read one chapter and put the book down until I had the time to devote to it. Well, suffice it to say, when the first chapter of a novel ends with the lines,
I love all the characters in Polites' book (even the mean ones!), but my favorite is Gus. Somehow Polites manages to give her a transformation the is both believable and surprising.
I loved Johanna Parker's interpretation of Gus. As the protagonist, her voice is extremely important. Parker understands this and brings Polites' words and the character to life.
I'd have to say that Gus is the most memorable character, but Simon is a very close second. Actually, I loved all the characters, even Gus's miserable cousin, Judge! They are all so well-drawn.
Loved this book!
Mom, historical fiction junkie, scientist, commuter who missed the escape of reading & was saved by Audible
The Rebel Wife is probably a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10. It was good enough that I wanted to finish it, but not so good that I was hooked & had to listen with every free second I had like other books I've really, really enjoyed.
The best part of this story was the history lesson it provided. While I've read many Civil War era novels, I haven't read many Reconstruction era novels, so that was interesting.
I would've changed the monotonous tone of the narrator. I realize that the main character's state of mind throughout most of the book required that, but I felt it was slightly overdone & there was little inflection/feeling/passion where it seemed there should have been some.
The main character because she was quite a contradiction- both fragile & tough, naive, but wise.
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