A woman disappears, leaving behind an incendiary diary chronicling a journey of sexual awakening. To all who knew her, she was the Good Wife: happy, devoted, content. But the diary reveals a secret self, one who's discovered that her new marriage contains mysteries of its own. Inspired by a manuscript written by an anonymous Elizabethan woman who dared to speak of what women truly desire, she tastes for the first time the intoxicating power of knowing what she wants and how to get it. The question is, How long can she sustain a perilous double life?
In writing The Bride Stripped Bare, the author decided to remain anonymous so she would feel absolutely free to explore a woman's inner world. As she writes in her afterword, "That doesn't mean this book is a memoir; it's many things to me, fiction and nonfiction, fantasy and fact, a quilt pieced together not only from my stories but those of my friends."
Coolly impassioned, The Bride Stripped Bare tells startling truths about love and sex. It will make you question whether it is ever entirely possible to know another person.
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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.Review:
“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)
“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)
“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)
“The sex is rude and raunchy and exactly where you want it.” (Elle)
“An intensely honest look at a woman’s inner thoughts and desires.” (Dallas Morning News)
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