The Bride Stripped Bare: A Novel (Paperback)

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The Bride Stripped Bare: A Novel (Paperback)

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The Bride Stripped Bare shows us the inside–out of marriage, infidelity, obsession and taxi drivers (I may never take a cab ride in London again). . . . Few books can be both dark and light. This one dances on the edge, and sometimes crosses it, with much satisfaction to be had on either side.”— Valerie Frankel, author of The Accidental Virgin

An explosive novel of sex, secrecy, and escape.

A woman disappears. Her car lies abandoned on a remote bluff; no body is found. Known by her family and friends as quiet and self-contained, she has left behind an incendiary diary chronicling a disturbing journey of sexual awakening.

The diary opens on her honeymoon in Morocco: she believes herself to be happy—or happy enough, anyway. Swiftly, this security masquerading as love fractures in an act of massive betrayal, only to propel her into a world of desire and fantasy and recklessness. In need of guidance, she finds an unlikely heroine in the anonymous author of a dusty, rare manuscript. Written by a woman in the 1600s, it is a cry from the heart for women to live and love freely. Emboldened, she allows herself to discover the intoxicating power of knowing what she wants and how to get it. The question is, how long can her soul sustain a perilous double life?

Coolly impassioned, Bride Stripped Bare tells shocking truths about love and sex. Couched in a deceptively simple style, its gorgeous, incantatory rhythms will make you question whether it is ever entirely possible to know another person.

Nikki Gemmell is the internationally bestselling author of The Bride Stripped Bare and With My Body, as well as Shiver, Alice Springs, and The Book of Rapture. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her family.

Product Details ISBN: 9780060591885
ISBN-10: 0060591889
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
Pages: 400
Language: English

“An erotically charged tale of tragic yearning, The Bride Stripped Bare lingers in memory like one of those heart-stopping dreams filled with eerily familiar strangers.” — Boston Sunday Herald

“Titillating…like an artful striptease, The Bride Stripped Bare ensnares us with its rawness.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“Artful…cannily perceptive…this unusual but strangely compelling novel offers an intimate chronicle of change and self-discovery.” — Publishers Weekly

“Unremitting, elegant and dark. I believe every woman should get married at least once, and read this novel twice.” — Suzanne Finnamore, author of Otherwise Engaged

“The Bride Stripped Bare shows us the inside–out of marriage, infidelity, obsession and taxi drivers (I may never take a cab ride in London again)....Few books can be both dark and light. This one dances on the edge, and sometimes crosses it, with much satisfaction to be had on either side.” — Valerie Frankel, author of The Accidental Virgin

“Incredibly raw and brutal...yet written with true grace and beauty. A brave and honest novel that lingered with me for days.” — Jane Green, author of Mr. Maybe and Babyville

“Escapist fiction as its intriguing best. ‘The Bride Stripped Bare’ is sexy with a capital X.” — Jill Davis, author of A Girl’s Poker Night

“Simply too beautiful...a mesmerizing and disquieting novel that will deserve to be read again.” — Vogue Australia

“Wonderfully sensuous...witty in its construction...a subtle portrait of a modern marriage.” — Independent

“One of the few truly original voices to emerge in a long time.” — Time Out New York

“The sex is rude and raunchy and exactly where you want it.” — Elle

“Superbly executed: suspense, psychodrama, anger, tenderness and terror mingle with the restlessness of a vast , overpowering landscape.” — London Times Literary Supplement

“A powerful novel that does not flinch from strong emotion or description...luminous.” — London Times

“A jazzy, nonlinear...narrative style as compelling and exotic as the landscape itself.” — Baltimore Sun

“A fierce, white–hot read.” — Booklist

“Sexual awakening for the dark horse in us all.” — Tatler

“A probe behind the marital mask. For all its focus on the body it is what it says about a woman’s brain, and heart, which is most revealing.” — Melbourne Age

“An intensely honest look at a woman’s inner thoughts and desires.” — Dallas Morning News