What’s better on a cold and rainy weekend than a nice gothic thriller? Yep, that’s what I was thinking. Luckily, I now have TWO copies of Robert Goolrick‘s bestselling debut novel, A Reliable Wife, and I’m willing to let my paperback version of it go to some lucky reader out there. (Still just trying to clear the shelves a little… one book at a time….) When A Reliable Wife was released last year, it earned high praise from reviewers across the country. Ron Charles at the Washington Post wrote that the book “isn’t just hot, it’s in heat: a gothic tale of such smoldering desire it should be read in a cold shower. This is a bodice ripper of a hundred thousand pearly buttons, ripped off one at a time with agonizing restraint. It works only because Goolrick never cracks a smile, never lets on that he thinks all this overwrought sexual frustration is anything but the most serious incantation of longing and despair ever uttered in the dead of night.” And Kim Church wrote in the Raleigh News & Observer that “Goolrick gives surprising new life to an old form. This is a literary page-turner in which, for all the mystery and brilliance of its plot, the real drama takes place in the hearts of the characters.”
A brand-new paperback copy of the book will go to the seventh person to email “Gothic is good” to MetroBooksNC@gmail.com. If you win, I’ll get your address information later and will handle any shipping and handling costs as well.
UPDATE: The book has found a home.