Word Shakers Online Book Club Read: September Book Choice

I am exited to announce our next Wordshaker online Book Club choice:

The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens

On the eve of their silver anniversary, Mary Gooch is waiting for her husband, Jimmy — still every inch the handsome star athlete he was in high school — to come home. As night turns to day, it becomes frighteningly clear to Mary that he is gone. Through the years, disappointment and worry have brought Mary’s life to a standstill, and she has let her universe shrink to the well-worn path from the bedroom to the refrigerator. But her husband’s disappearance startles her out of her inertia, and she begins a desperate search.
She boards a plane for the first time in her life and flies across the country to find her lost husband. So used to hiding from the world, Mary learns that in the bright sun and broad vistas of California, she is forced to look up from the pavement. And what she discovers fills her with an inner strength she’s never felt before: perfect strangers who come to her rescue, an aging, sometimes hostile mother-in-law who needs her help, friends who enjoy her company. And through it all, Mary not only finds kindred spirits, but reunites with a more intimate stranger no longer sequestered by fear and habit: herself.
With the generosity and delicate grace that had readers falling in love with her bestselling novel, The Girls, Lori Lansens brings us another moving and beautifully wrought story, this time of a woman taking small yet courageous steps toward her authentic self.

If you would like to be a part of this book discussion please fill out the form below.  You have between now and October 6 to read and either post a book review on your blog (if you have one) or for non bloggers you may email me your thoughts on the book.

Author Lori Lansens

As a bonus for those who choose to participate this month, author Lori Lansens will be offering a few signed copies of her books, not only this book, but also of The Girl’s and Rush Home Road.  I will announce the actual giveaway closer to the review date, but for those of you who sign on to review the book with me through Wordshakers, you will automatically be entered twice into the giveaways.

Following our online review on October 6, there will be an author chat here with Lori Lanssen and participants in this discussion will have the opportunity to send in your questions for her for this chat.

If you have already read the book you are still welcome to join in.  A five-week window will be given to give participants enough time to secure the book and read it.  If you would like to be included in a mailing group that will be notified each time a new read is announced, leave me a comment below saying so and I will add you to the group.  (*You do not need to post your email, I receive it with every comment)

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Where did word shakers come from?  I read a lovely book called The book Thief, and if you have not read it I highly recommend it.  There is a part in the book when one of the characters writes a story involving a word shaker.  The whole story is beautiful, and if you have the opportunity to read even the word shaker part of the book it is pages 445-450.  The part that touches me deeply is:

THE BEST word shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words.  They were the ones who could climb the highest.  One such word shaker was a small, skinny girl.  She was renowned as the best word shaker of her region because she knew how powerless a person could be without words.

I think this one touches me so because I am a word lover, much like many of you, and therefore – we are all word shakers.


21 Comments on “Word Shakers Online Book Club Read: September Book Choice

  1. Oh good! I have the audiobook and wanted to listen soon. Moving it up the TBR list. This will be the first time I’m participating.

  2. Fantastic pick! I just downloaded this for my Nook, it has been on my TBR list WAY too long, this is the perfect opportunity to actually pick it up! Please include me on the emailing list for future reads, I will gladly email you my thoughts on the books. I love book clubs like this, I live in the middle of farm country and it is refreshing to be surrounded by other lovers of the written word. Thank you for all that you do!

    • Thanks Sarah, you can thank the Wordshaker participants from last month for this pick, I just did the background work 😀

  3. I’m SO HAPPY you chose this!!!

    I’ve had this one for a while now but just never got around to reading it because I’ve been reading books sent to me for tour and reviews. This is the perfect reason to finally pull it off the shelf and read it.

    I’m loving this book club!!

    • I couldn’t hold it in any more Hannah – I was deciding between today and tomorrow for announcing and well – today won. 😀

      I was really excited about how much the author wanted to participate!

  4. This sounds good. I’ve checked our local libraries and none near me have it. I’ll have to check for it in the stores. I am surprised how few of her books are in the system. Of 23 libraries only 3 have either of these two books. I know I tried to order SISTERS, but they wouldn’t.
    I’ll look for a copy next time I am out.

  5. Just heard about this through The Window Seat Reader blog! I think I’ve got a pretty long list of to be read/reviewed for September but I love the idea and I’ll check back and see what you’re reading in October. The Book Thief is one of my all time favorite books and I love the quote you mentioned!

    • Oh good Lisa – that would be awesome! I too (obviously) love the Book Thief and if I didn’t already have a regular book club called The Bookies, they would have been called Wordshakers… in fact, I wish I would have named my blog that 🙂

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  8. When you asked if I was reading The Wife’s Tale for Word Shakers last Monday I didn’t know what you meant but made a point to find out. This is exciting as I’ve read all three of Lori Lansens’ books in the last year.

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  10. I have signed up on the form and am the next one on the waiting list at the library. I hope to get it in time to read it!

    I would love to be on your email list when you choose new titles.

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