Younger Wife
by Hepworth, Sally; Carides, Zoe (NRT); Douglas-henry, Jessica (NRT); Kreinik, Barrie (NRT); Lee, Caroline (NRT)

When their father decides to divorce their mother, who is in a care facility for dementia and cannot speak for herself, so he can marry his young girlfriend, Heather, sisters Tully and Rachel must find the truth about their family's secrets, Heather, andwho their father really is.

Sally Hepworth has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the United Kingdom and Canada. She is the author of The Secrets of Midwives, The Things We Keep, The Mother's Promise, The Family Next Door and The Mother-in-Law. Sally now lives in Melbourne with her husband, three children, and one adorable dog.

Since childhood, sisters Tully and Rachel have thought they had an ideal family, but when their mother Pam is placed in a nursing home for Alzheimer's patients and their father plans to divorce her and marry Heather, an interior designer their own age, old memories bubble up and "ideal" family is reassessed. Set in Melbourne, Australia, and told episodically from the perspective of Tully, Rachel, or and Heather, the tale unfolds as secrets emerge from the lives of each woman. Brusque and funny, straight-talking Tully gradually reveals her kleptomania while her softer spoken sister, Rachel, a noted baker, confronts the debilitating horror of a sexual assault. Determined to disguise her lower-class childhood, Heather speaks elegantly and carefully as she is introduced to family and friends. The book opens as the wedding party departs for the sacristy to sign the registry, and shortly the celebrant returns with blood-spattered pants and asks "Is there a doctor in the house?" Listeners will be captivated as the narrators create tension and drop hints about the real problem in this "ideal" family. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

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