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Literature Trumps Erotica

The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler is #8 in the top 100 books on, surpassing all three Shades of Grey. I’ve loved The Imposter Bride since it came out last year. It’s a finely written novel about the relationship between an enigmatic mother and her daughter. A holocaust survivor, Lily Azerov immigrates to Montreal for an arranged marriage. But despite a loving husband, she can’t adjust and not long after her baby’s birth, disappears. The girl’s life is shaped by a search for the truth about her mother, armed only with the cryptic diary left behind.

This novel took 8 years to write; it was worth it. The story winds back and forth seamlessly through the twists and turns of time, need, and grief in the postwar period. I couldn’t put it down. The characters have stayed with me. It’s thrilling to see such a beautiful book bypass hype and that eternal best-seller, soft porn.

The Imposter Bride is now available in paperback and is coming out this week in the U.S. and the UK. Pick it up and have yourself a good read.

Jewish mother and child, Poland, Sept 1939


Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

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