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Nancy Richler
The Imposter Bride


The Imposter Bride by Nancy RichlerThe most painful secrets create the deepest of lies

When a young, enigmatic woman arrives in post-war Montreal, it is immediately clear that she is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Azerov shatters as she disappears, leaving a new husband and baby daughter, and a host of unanswered questions. Who is she really and what happened to the young woman whose identity she has stolen? Why has she left and where did she go? It is left to the daughter she abandoned to find the answers to these questions as she searches for the mother she may never find or really know.

Praise for Nancy Richler’s The Imposter Bride:


"Finally, Richler is back, and with an elegant, ambitious, accomplished new work ... Where Your Mouth Is Lovely echoed the tones of Tolstoy, Babel and Brontë, the new novel finds Richler confidently inhabiting her own voice." —The Globe and Mail

"Richler's strengths are at their height. She employs a vivid lyricism that interweaves psychological and geographical landscapes." —The National Post

"An intriguing tale of historical fiction that will transport you from Montreal to war-torn Europe, and back again for a satisfying resolution of one family's haunting secrets." —Shilpi Somaya Gowda, international bestselling author of Secret Daughter

"The Imposter Bride is a powerful story of identity, loyalty and loss — of the lies that haunt us and the truth that makes us whole again. Evoking the postwar era to underscore timeless theme, Richler's elegant prose resonates" —Pam Jenoff, international bestselling author of Ambassador's Daughter

"Richler illuminates through her introspective and incisive writing the post-war Canadian Jewish community and how the ties with those loved and lost in Europe are never broken, and how the past never relinquishes its hold on us.... Readers will enjoy feasting upon this compelling work." —Library Journal

"Richler's third novel explores emotional devastation that lasts generations, delivering a powerful punch.... Chapter by chapter the wrenching secrets of the Kramer family peel away, until finally what Lily has hidden is revealed. Once the truth comes, it is heartbreaking." —Publisher's Weekly

"Richler infuses her work with iconic images from the era she covers, painting a rich image of the Canadian Jewish community, their customs and family relationships, in a past century... A beautiful tale." —Kirkus Reviews

"With delicacy and warmth, Richler weaves together the threads of a family: its closeness and secrets, opaqueness and hidden beauty, like the uncut gem whose mystery haunts these realistic characters." —Daphne Kalotay, international bestselling author of Russian Winter

Length: 352 pp
Genre/Category: Literary fiction
Setting: Canada, Europe, Israel
Period: contemporary and post-WWII

Dutch rights, Orlando
English (Canada) rights, HarperCollins Canada
English (US) rights, St. Martin’s Press
Italian rights, Piemme
Norwegian rights, Pax
Israeli Hebrew rights, Simanim

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.


Nancy Richler’s short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals, incluing Room of One’s Own, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, Another Chicago Magazine, and The Journey Prize Anthology. Her first novel, Throwaway Angels, was published in 1996 and was shortlisted for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second book, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s Adei-Wizo Prize. It has been translated into seven languages. Born in Montreal, Nancy Richler lived for many years in Vancouver but has recently returned to Montreal.

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