An unnamed narrator lives with her new husband, his two teenagers and the unwelcome presence of his first wife - known only as she.Obsessed with her, the second wife narrator, moves through her days presided over by the all-too-real ghost of the first marriage, fantasising about how the first wife lives her life. Will the narrator ever equal the first wife intellectually and sexually, or ever forget the betrayal that lies between them? And what of the secrets between her husband and the first wife, from which the second wife is excluded?The daring and precise build-up to an eerily wonderful denouement is a triumph of subtlety and surprise.
`With her signature clipped and measured prose, National Book Award winner Tuck's new novel is elegant, raw, and powerful.' * Kirkus reviews, starred review * `In her signature crisp, exacting prose, Tuck's seventh novel haunts the territory of marital jealousy with delicacy and finesse.' * Kirkus Reviews * `An artfully crafted still life of one couple's marriage.' * Boston Globe on I Married You for Happiness * `Tuck's prose is elegant.' * New York Times Book Review *
Lily Tuck is the author of six novels- The Double Life of Liliane; I Married You for Happiness; Interviewing Matisse or the Woman Who Died Standing Up; The Woman Who Walked on Water; Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man, nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award; The News From Paraguay, winner of the National Book Award; the short-story collections The House at Belle Fontaine and Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived; and the biography Woman of Rome- A Life of Elsa Morante.