Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman


☆☆1/2
ebook, 326 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Scribner
About the Book:
Who is Wendy Doe? The woman, found on a Peter Pan Bus to Philadelphia, has no money, no ID, and no memory of who she is, where she was going, or what she might have done. She’s assigned a name and diagnosis by the state: Dissociative fugue, a temporary amnesia that could lift at any moment—or never at all. When Dr. Benjamin Strauss invites her to submit herself for experimental observation at his Meadowlark Institute for Memory Research, she feels like she has no other choice. To Dr. Strauss, Wendy is a female body, subject to his investigation and control. To Strauss’s ambitious student, Lizzie Epstein, she’s an object of fascination, a mirror of Lizzie’s own desires, and an invitation to wonder: once a woman is untethered from all past and present obligations of womanhood, who is she allowed to become? To Alice, the daughter she left behind, Wendy Doe is an absence so present it threatens to tear Alice’s world apart. Through their attempts to untangle the mystery of Wendy’s identity—as well as Wendy’s own struggle to construct a new self—Wasserman has crafted a jaw-dropping, multi-voiced journey of discovery, reckoning, and reclamation.


This book was okay. The writing was beautiful BUT the book really gets bogged down by clinical discussions and descriptions. The writing was lovely and when I was actively reading about the characters and the plot I really enjoyed it but some of the technical aspects bored me to tears. Wasserman can certainly write and write well but this just wasn't my cup of tea. Maybe I am not as smart as I think I am.

Thank you NetGalley, Scribner and Robin Wasserman for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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