The Doctor's Wife

From the back cover:

The memory starts here, in my apron pocket, with the gun.

So begins The Doctor’s Wife, a stunning debut novel about four people and the cataclysmic intersection of their lives.  From the outside, the Knowles family has it all.  Michael is a rising OB/GYN at a prominent private practice in Albany, New York; he also moonlights at a local women’s health clinic, and they live in a rambling Federal farmhouse with their two kids.  But Annie has become tired of her husband’s absences, and her role as wife/mother/teacher has worn thin.  She begins a love affair with bad-boy celebrity painter Simon Haas, who is married to his muse and model, Lydia, upon whom he has built his career.  Simon reawakens Annie’s passion- but events soon take a dark turn for the Knowles family.  

Abortion, local evangelism, marital disenchantment, and the rifts of the social class: Brundage takes on the fault lines of our era with a deft hand.  The Doctor’s Wife is an accomplished, page-turning novel.

This was a quick read for me.  With the constant twists, turns, and intrigue I didn’t want to put it down.  It was a Bookmarked selection at Target.  Not bad for a first novel.

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