These two companion novels tell the stories of Jack and Brenda Bowman during a rare time apart in their many years of marriage. In The Husband’s Story, Jack is at home coping with domestic crises and two uncouth adolescents while immobilized by self-doubt and questioning his worth as a historian. In The Wife’s Story, Brenda, travelling alone for the first time, is in a strange city grappling with an array of emotions and toying with the idea of an affair.
21 April, 2016
‘A compassionate, funny, multi-layered work about the elusive nature of history’ —The Sunday Times
‘An instinct for the patterns of everyday speech, a willingness to ferret out psychological nuances and a gift for investing her characters with the appearance of a living, breathing reality. Shields has a generous and unblinking sense of the complexity of forces which draw people to one another.’ —JONATHAN COE, The Guardian