When a young, enigmatic woman arrives in post-war Montreal, it is immediately clear that she is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters as she disappears, leaving a new husband and baby daughter, and a host of unanswered questions. Who is she really and what happened to the young woman whose identity she has stolen? Why has she left and where did she go? It is left to the daughter she abandoned to find the answers to these questions as she searches for the mother she may never find or really know.
“Nancy Richler paints a deft and loving portrait of Jewish Montreal in the post-war years and then turns to wartime Europe for the dark mystery that provides her intriguing plot. The results are engrossing, both highly readable and moving.”
“With this latest work, Richlerdelivers an intensely satisfying read, and cements her growing reputation as a fine contemporary Canadian novelist.”
“Richler’s strengths are at their height. She employs a vivid lyricism that interweaves psychological and geographical landscapes.”
“Elegant, ambitious, accomplished. . . . A native Montrealer, [Richler] elucidates a compassionate, complex vision of her beloved community.”
“The Imposter Bride is a jewel of a book. . . . These are characters that will stay with you long after you read the last word...and show us that even out of the greatest tragedy, it is possible to shape hope and love.”
“With delicacy anad warmth, Richler weaves together the threads of a family: its closeness and secrets, opaqueness and hidden beauty, like the uncut gem whose mystery haunts these realistic characters. The rich storyline moves between the quotidian and the unspeakable, showing survivors starting over in an evocative post-war Montreal.”
“Beautiful. . . . A meticulously rendered character study. . . . A hopeful testament to the power of family and memory, and the importance and meaning of one’s name.”