NOVEL ABOUT MY WIFE

by Emily Perkins, Allen & Un­win.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

This sad and lovely book is writ­ten from the per­spec­tive of a hus­band who is piec­ing to­gether rec­ol­lec­tions of var­i­ous stages of his life. These in­clude the mem­ory of his re­la­tion­ship with his wife dur­ing her first preg­nancy, as they both stum­bled into the un­known and un­ex­pected. I loved the book’s idea that we are con­stantly com­ing in and out of view of each other in a re­la­tion­ship and un­cov­er­ing mys­ter­ies. It’s an un­com­fort­able psy­cho­log­i­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion into in­ti­macy and the things you learn about each other – the strange­ness of an­other per­son, the piec­ing to­gether of who they are and where they come from and the end­less shift­ing of how much you know and don’t know. There are won­der­ful scenes of clean­ing the kitchen and sit­ting in the bath, and I loved these be­cause they are so pro­foundly fa­mil­iar.

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