The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler is #8 in the top 100 books on amazon.ca, 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.