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The Good Husband
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House Value Pub
Publication date November 1, 1997
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780517195246
ISBN-10 0517195240
Availability§ Publisher Out of Business
Original list price $3.99
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Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: "[A] BRILLIANT, WITTY AND PROVOCATIVE NEW NOVEL."
--San Francisco Chronicle
As a young woman, the brilliant and eternally curious Magda Danvers took the academic world by storm. Then, to everyone's surprise, she married Francis Lake, a mild, midwestern seminarian, who has devoted his life to taking care of his charismatic wife. Now, Magda's grave illness puts their marriage to its ultimate test.
Though facing her "Final Examination," Magda continues to arouse her visitors with compelling thoughts and questions. Into this provocative atmosphere comes Alice Henry, retreating from family tragedy and a crumbling marriage to novelist Hugo Henry. But is it the incandescence of Magda's ideas that draws Alice, or the secret of "the good marriage" that she is desperate to discover? For Alice, Hugo, Francis, and Magda will learn that the most ideal relationship--even a perfect marriage--doesn't come without a price....
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--The Boston Globe
"ONE OF HER FINEST BOOKS...It is not only a well-written story, but a mature and wise one, affirmative in its vision of love, unblinking in its portrayal of tragic loss."
--Atlanta Journal & Constitution
"FASCINATING...[A] BIG SUMPTUOUS BOOK...HER BEST NOVEL."
--Entertainment Weekly
"A BRILLIANTLY CRAFTED NOVEL, full of fun and mischief and resonating with wisdom and moral depth."
--New Woman
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Hardcover
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from Random House Value Pub (November 1, 1997)
9780517195246 | details & prices | List price $3.99
About: "[A] BRILLIANT, WITTY AND PROVOCATIVE NEW NOVEL.
from Ballantine Books (September 1, 1994)
9780345372437 | details & prices | 6.75 × 9.25 × 1.75 in. | 1.80 lbs | List price $22.95
About: The brilliant, charismatic Magda Danvers had once taken the academic world by storm with her controversial book, 'The Book of Hell,' and now, gravely ill, she still influences and transforms the lives of those around her
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Ballantine Books (August 1, 1995)
9780345396457 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $14.95
About: The brilliant, charismatic Magda Danvers had once taken the academic world by storm with her controversial book, 'The Book of Hell,' and now, gravely ill, she still influences and transforms the lives of those around her
Large print edition from Wheeler Pub Inc (December 1, 1994)
9781568950860 | details & prices | 620 pages | 6.75 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Magda is dying of cancer, and is attended by her selfless husband Francis, who abandoned the priesthood 25 years earlier when they fell in love.
Cassette/Spoken Word
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Abridged edition from Random House (September 1, 1994)
9780679437413 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $17.00
About: The brilliant, charismatic Magda Danvers, who had once taken the academic world by storm with her controversial book, 'The Book of Hell,' still influences and transforms the lives of those around her, though she is now gravely ill.

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