Saturday, April 21, 2012
The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
This is the second novel of Canadian author, Nancy Richler (apparently only a distant relative of Mordecai). It's the story of a young woman who arrives in Canada shortly following the Second World War, to marry a man she's never met. The intended groom rejects her as soon as she disembarks from the train, but his brother proposes and they marry and have a child shortly after. The mother abandons her husband and child when the baby is only a few months old and the story of her past slowly unfolds. It turns out she's not who she says she was but has stolen the identity of a corpse she came across in Europe. As her daughter ages she tries to piece together her mother's true story. The chapters alternate between stories of the daughter over the years as she unravels this mystery and stories from her mother's past. The book is well written and intriguing. Though not a truly unpredictable mystery it was interesting to try to figure out exactly what happened together with the daughter who never knew her mother.