A rapturous novel of star-crossed love in a time of war—from the international bestselling author of The Velvet Hours. In pre-World War II Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, an unexpected encounter leads to an inescapable glance of recognition, and the realization that providence has given Lenka and Josef one more chance... From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit—and the strength of memory. “Staggeringly evocative, romantic, heart-rending, sensual and beautifully written...[it] may very well be the Sophie's Choice of this generation.”—New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart
It was good to know he could still get a reaction from her, despite all the muddied water flowing under the bridge between them… Ailsa’s heart is pounding—she’s totally unprepared for the impact of confronting Jake Larsen’s unforgettable features once more! The only difference is the cruel scar that sears her estranged husband’s cheekbone, somehow enhancing his effortlessly handsome looks and reminding Ailsa of the sorrow that separates them… Jake had thought he’d be seeing Ailsa for a few minutes—not spending days snowbound in her house with her. But the longer he stays, the more the wife he once lost becomes a woman he’s determined to win…
Married to a stranger? WAS HE REALLY HER HUSBAND? If so, why couldn't she remember him? Annabel—as he called her—refused to believe she'd actually married Luis Alarcon. But how could she deny it, when she couldn't even remember her own name? Powerless to resist him, Annabel was taken to his isolated home. There she was determined to uncover the truth about her past—and about the accident that had stolen her memory. But most of all, she was determined to discover the truth about her marriage. What would Luis gain by claiming her as his long-lost wife? And why did she want so much to believe it was true?
A rapturous novel of first love in a time of war--from the celebrated author of The Rhythm of Memory and The Last Van Gogh. In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers... Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit--and the strength of memory.
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1870 Excerpt: ... effort to judge of the difference between herself aud her guest, in point of station. The delicate, refined face, ana sweet, pure language would have betrayed Ora a lady to the most ignorant, even had she been drawn from a gutter. So while she slept, Betsey watched and conjectured over her. What had reduced her to this? She turned her eyes upon the sleeping child, and a painful shade darkened her face for a time and she sighed heavily. Perhaps she thought of her as high born and possessing every advantage, rashly rushing from the shelter of her home, upon the cold charities of a cold world, while no arm was stretched forth to save her. Something of this nature must have risen in her mind to cause the shadow, but it softened again, and there was only yearning, loving pity in the misty gray eyes that regarded the two so intently as the hours wore on. CHAPTER XXI. A Sweet and peaceful haven seemed this little tenement to Ora when the morning light from the eastern window falling on her eyes, wakened her. Betsey marched with quiet footsteps back and forth, busy in the preparation of a really dainty breakfast The fragrance of coffee and frying ham sent a pleasant odur into the room--pleasant because she wan ravenously hungry, and felt now as if anything would be palatable. Looking from the bed, she beheld a plate upon the hearth, heaped with toast, and very tempting in its rich brown color. A grateful thrill quivered through her frame, and an earnest petition, not framed in words, but in heart, was to this effect: "God give me strength to repay this bounty. Let the bread this woman gives me, be as bread cast upon the waters. Ah! help me, that I may repay it an hundred fold. I thank Thee, my God, that Thou hast made me with a grateful heart. Oh, keep me so foreve...
Edith Lutz doesn’t want to be found. She’s left behind a comfortable home in a flurry of hastily packed bags, fleeing for an anonymous life in the city. With a new look, new name and new job as live-in housekeeper to wealthy publisher Adam, she’s hoping to outwit her past and build herself a new life. Again. A breath of fresh air in newly-divorced Adam’s empty home, Edith soon becomes more than just the woman who does the dishes. Over long summer nights, Edith finds herself experiencing love for the first time, while Adam knows nothing of the real woman he’s falling for. Haunted by an impossible choice she faced as a teenager and the devastating repercussions that ended her closest friendship, Edith's been running ever since. She can never be quite sure whether her past is behind her. In fact, she’s pretty sure it’s not.
Whitehouse puts forward the theory that Jesus married at the age of 14 and the 'missing years' in the Bible are those he spent as a husband raising his family. Given that the average life-span of women then was 27 years, Jesus probably became a widower. So what happened to Jesus' wife, this most forgotten woman?
Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages argues that ancient Greek plays exerted a powerful and uncharted influence on early modern England's dramatic landscape. Drawing on original research to challenge longstanding assumptions about Greek texts' invisibility, the book shows not only that the plays were more prominent than we have believed, but that early modern readers and audiences responded powerfully to specific plays and themes. The Greek plays most popular in the period were not male-centered dramas such as Sophocles' Oedipus, but tragedies by Euripides that focused on raging bereaved mothers and sacrificial virgin daughters, especially Hecuba and Iphigenia. Because tragedy was firmly linked with its Greek origin in the period's writings, these iconic female figures acquired a privileged status as synecdoches for the tragic theater and its ability to conjure sympathetic emotions in audiences. When Hamlet reflects on the moving power of tragic performance, he turns to the most prominent of these figures: 'What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba/ That he should weep for her?' Through readings of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporary dramatists, this book argues that newly visible Greek plays, identified with the origins of theatrical performance and represented by passionate female figures, challenged early modern writers to reimagine the affective possibilities of tragedy, comedy, and the emerging genre of tragicomedy.
The Myth of Sexuality in Papua New Guinea and Beyond
Author: James F. Weiner
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Category: Social Science
"The Lost Drum" is both a theoretical experiment in anthropology and a provocative analysis of myth and ritual in Papua New Guinea societies. James F. Weiner offers the first comprehensive attempt to fashion an anthropological method from the psychoanalytic theories of Jacques Lacan and extends his own previous work on Melanesian sociality and language. Applying literary, psychoanalytic, and hermeneutic theories to myths of the Foi, Marind-anim, Yafar, and Gimi peoples, Weiner shows how mythic narratives reveal the productive and consumptive processes that compose the New Guinea person and body. He uncovers a discourse on sexuality, consumption, voice, and subjectivity that both challenges the neo-Freudian paradigm that has dominated psychological anthropology and disputes the reciprocity and exchange models of social integration that have characterized descriptions of Melanesian society. Expanding upon Roy Wagner's theory of symbolic obviation, Weiner argues against constructionist readings of text: "myth does not represent social reality but only models a specific way of making it visible." In" The Lost Drum," he traces the route of certain objects--the string bag, the drum, the bullroarer, the flute-as their meanings unfold in the mythical narratives of Papua New Guinea. In so doing, he illuminates the instability of social and sexual identities in Melanesia.