A Reliable Wife, which is Robert Goolrick's debut novel is a hit or miss. Either you loved it or you hated it. I enjoy a book like that, and was relieved when I discovered that it was absolutely riveting.
The story is set in 1907 rural Wisconsin, there is a madness surrounding this story and sets the tone for the novel. Ralph Truit is on the search for a reliable wife and Catherine Land answers the ad he has put it the paper. It was pretty impossible to not connect with the characters Goolrick created. He has the ability to transport the reader into this world, he is so extremely visual that it is as real as a movie.
Goolrick's use of language is mesmerizing, you will not be able to put it down.