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THE NINTH WIFE by Amy Stolls

Publisher Harper Collins, May 10, 2011

Thirty-five-year-old folklorist and amateur martial artist Bess Gray is a single woman living in Washington, D.C., who falls in love with Rory, a charming Irish musician with a secret. When Rory asks her to marry him, Bess, who had nearly given up hope of marrying at all, is horrified to find that he has eight ex-wives. She sets out on a cross-country journey with the intention, unbeknownst to Rory, of seeking them out. In alternating chapters, Rory ruminates about each of his ex-wives and how he has become a serial spouse.

Along for the ride are Bess’s grandparents, who’ve been married sixty-five years and fight constantly; her gay neighbor (himself an utter mystery); a shar-pei named Stella; and a mannequin named Peace. Will Bess say yes to Rory? Would a sane woman really consider becoming any man’s ninth wife?

"I love this book’s deft, fresh take on male-female relationships: a wary woman finds herself falling for a decidedly un-commitment-phobic man. As Amy Stolls takes us into the minds, hearts, and histories of Bess and Rory, we grapple with the thorny, thrilling truth that love is always complicated, always--every time, every day--a risk."
-- Marisa de los Santos, author of Love Walked In

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