Book Club Kit: A Reliable Wife

Robert Goolrick - A Reliable WifeA Reliable Wife
by Robert Goolrick
First Published: 2009
10 Copies & Reading Guide

Rural Wisconsin, 1907. In the bitter cold, wealthy businessman Ralph Truitt stands alone on a train platform waiting for the woman who has answered his advertisement for “a reliable wife.” But when Catherine Land steps off the train from Chicago, she’s not the “simple, honest woman” Ralph is expecting. She is both complex and devious, but her plan is simple: she will win this man’s devotion, then slowly poison him and leave Wisconsin a wealthy widow. What she has not counted on is that Truitt has a plan of his own for his new wife.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes a Summary, Book Reviews, Author Bio, and Discussion Questions

The Washington Post – “Book Review” by Ron Charles
USA Today – “Robert Goolrick’s ‘Reliable Wife’ is a Killer Debut Novel” by Carol Memmott
The Book Lady’s Blog – “Book Review” by Rebecca Joines Schinsky

On the Web:
Author’s Website –
Publishers Weekly – “The Monday Interview” by Dick Donahue
NPR Books – “‘Reliable Wife’: Madness and Passion in Wisconsin

If you enjoyed A Reliable Wife, you might like:
Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Forgotten Garden (Book Club Kit) by Kate Morton
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe
We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson


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