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Imposter Bride [Paperback]

Nancy Richler
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Book Description

Oct. 5 2012

A young, enigmatic woman—Lily Azerov—arrives in postwar Montreal expecting to meet her betrothed, Sol Kramer. When Sol sees Lily at the train station, however, he turns her down. His brother, Nathan, sees Lily and instantly decides to marry her. But Lily is not who she claims to be, and her attempt to live a quiet life as Nathan Kramer’s wife shatters when she disappears, leaving her baby daughter with only a diary, an uncut diamond and a need to discover the truth. Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why did she leave and where did she go? It is up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions as she searches for the mother she may never find or truly know.

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?With delicacy and 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.? ? DAPHNE KALOTAY, author of Russian Winter


About the Author

NANCY RICHLER’s short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals, including Room of One’s Own, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Another Chicago Magazine and The Journey Prize Anthology. Her first novel, Throwaway Angels, was published in 1996 and was shortlisted for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s 2004 Adei-Wizo Prize. It has been translated into seven languages. Born in Montreal, Nancy Richler lived for many years in Vancouver but has recently returned to Montreal.

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Imposter Bride May 18 2012
This is the engrossing and highly readable story of "Lily Azerov" who has fled Eastern Europe after the turmoil and horror of the Second World War. In Palestine, she makes arrangements to marry a Canadian Jew, Sol Kramer. Sol, however, detects something not quite right beneath Lily's calm exterior. He decides not to marry her, but his brother Nathan does. However, all does not proceed smoothly: some of the actual Lily's Canadian relatives show up at the wedding and realize that this woman is impersonating their cousin. The imposter bride appears to have assumed Lily's identity in an attempt to escape the trauma and horror of her war experience. Not long after, the young wife, apparently fearing exposure by the true Lily's cousin, Ida, flees Montreal, her marriage, and her three-month old child, not knowing that Ida has her own painful past and no intention of calling this damaged young woman on her assumed identity.

The book largely focuses on the growing determination of Lily's daughter Ruth, who has grown up motherless, to find her mother and uncover the secret of her past. All she has to go on are the beautiful rocks her mother has sent her at irregular intervals over the years since Ruth was six, an uncut diamond, and Lily Azerov's journal, which was appropriated by the "imposter bride" somewhere along the way.

Author Richler has woven a richly rewarding novel of character,family, secrets, and history. In the Imposter Bride, she explores the deeply and uniquely human need to discover where we come from. Highly recommended.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling and touching story Sept. 13 2012
By sean s. TOP 500 REVIEWER
Nancy Richler is a writer based in Montreal, and The Imposter Bride is the story of a young woman, Lily Azerov, who flees to Montreal from a devastated postwar Europe. Canada is not yet accepting Jewish refugees, so Lily immigrates on the pretext that she is engaged to be married to a Canadian. Sol has agreed to marry her, sight unseen, for a fee. However:

"When he saw the bride, he recoiled. Damaged goods. That's what he saw. A broken life, a frightened woman, a marriage that would bind him - however briefly - to grief. Let someone else marry her, he decided on the spot. He would never deny the widows and the orphans of the world. But neither, it turned out, did he want to have to marry them."

Lily is not what he had expected, so he leaves her high and dry. Fortunately his brother Nathan Kramer decides to marry her on the spot. But, it turns out that:

"Lily Azerov Kramer. She was not who she said she was.

No one really is, I suppose, but Lily's deception was more literal than most. Her name before... she'd left it there, in that beaten village where the first Lily had died, freeing, among other things, an identity card to replace the one she'd discarded, an identity that could propel a future if someone would just step into it.

Someone would, of course. The village was in Poland, 1944. Nothing went unused."

Lily has a child with Nathan, but with no explanation, suddenly disappears.

As she ages, Ruth, their daughter, is driven to understand the truth about her mother, about where she went, and where she came from.

A compelling and touching story.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 30 2012
By Tulch
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Nancy Richler's new book is well-written and full of interesting events and details. I had tears in my eyes when I finished reading it. I found the characters well defined and yet quite familiar. The plot evoked my sympathies and I could not put it down. The historical setting made it even more meaningful, for me,at least.I am going to read it again because I enjoyed it so much. Definitely recommended for all readers.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story, no easy answers May 20 2012
This novel examines such an interesting idea: a woman assumes another person's identity in order to avoid persecution, and finds without her own name she is unable to be anybody at all. Like Richler's other novels, you just can't put this book down. Every character is so well-drawn, every situation is so rich with ambiguity, and the questions it asks are so important. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Imposter Bride April 13 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a great book, started reading and couldn't let it go. Near the end I slowed down my reading because I didn't want to finish it. This is one story that will always be with me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic Dec 2 2012
A wonderful book that I read in a weekend spent indoors with a cold. Great female characters and a great sense of time and place in Montreal. Every page reveals another layer of the mystery at the heart of the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking Nov. 22 2012
Like a previous reviewer, I had tears in my eyes when I finished this novel. The relationships created by the author are so descriptive and haunting at the same time. An interesting viewpoint of a W.W.II tragedy. I highly recommend this novel
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read April 1 2013
By brianw
Format:Kindle Edition
I found I faded in and out of interest in this novel, although more near the start. I would find an intriguing part, but soon after I felt bogged down by the slow but descriptive missives of daily life. However, in the end that time spent was good character development and gave a solid feeling of knowing the people involved.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings on this one
Don't know quite how to evaluate this book. The premise is excellent and I thought it would knock my socks off. It didn't. Read more
Published 1 day ago by caseygirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was good but not really good
Published 1 month ago by Carol Armstrongk
1.0 out of 5 stars It looks like two books sewn together
Half of the pages are smaller than the rest. It looks like two books sewn together.
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Ewing
1.0 out of 5 stars not a good read at
dragged on and on, not a good read at all
Published 2 months ago by shelley l
3.0 out of 5 stars Imposter Bride
this was an ok book. Found it quite depressing and would not have read it if it was not a book club choice.
Published 5 months ago by Lucy Kukac
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read
While The Imposter Bride wasn't a bad book, I found that it wasn't one that I enjoyed very much. I liked Richler's idea behind the plot, but I didn't much care for the way she... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mira
4.0 out of 5 stars The Compounded Layers of Post-Traumatic Stress
The character that most interested me is Lily, (not her real name) who assumed the identity of a dead woman in order to escape the ravages of oppression and war in Europe. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Eleanor Cowan
3.0 out of 5 stars heavy
Even though this story was well-written, I found that overall it was rather gloomy. The storyline was intriguing in some ways. A mystery usually is. Read more
Published 8 months ago by George Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
Quite liked this book. It's a struggle of a young woman trying to hide her past and I found it interesting. All in all a good read.
Published 9 months ago by Doris Dallaire
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This was one of those books you expect to be wonderful. The name the back story sounds intriguing. Then you get half way, then three quarters through and still can't understand the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Luv2read
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