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
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5 thoughts on “Literature Trumps Erotica

  1. Thanks. I’m looking for a read.

  2. How very encouraging, to think that something properly literary is ahead of the ghastly Fifty Shades!

  3. I am going to read this one, and thanks, Lilian.

  4. Hm, I have just ordered it, and thank you for telling me about it!

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