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The Imposter Bride

The Imposter Bride

A Novel

Nancy Richler

St. Martin's Griffin



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In the wake of World War II, a young, enigmatic woman named Lily arrives in Montreal on her own, expecting to be married to a man she's never met. But, upon seeing her at the train station, Sol Kramer turns her down. Out of pity, his brother Nathan decides to marry her instead, and pity turns into a deep and doomed love. It is immediately clear that Lily is not who she claims to be. Her attempt to live out her life as Lily Kramer shatters when she disappears, leaving a new husband and a baby daughter with only a diary, a large uncut diamond—and a need to find the truth.

Who is Lily and what happened to the young woman whose identity she stole? Why has she left and where did she go? It's up to the daughter Lily abandoned to find the answers to these questions, as she searches for the mother she may never truly know, in The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler.

*Winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award
*Short-listed for the 2012 Giller Prize


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In a small room off a banquet hall in Montreal, Lily Kramer sat in silence with her new husband. It was summer and the room was hot. There were no windows and no door, only a curtain...


Praise for The Imposter Bride

"Richler’s third novel explores emotional devastation that lasts generations, delivering a powerful punch."—Publishers Weekly

"Beautifully written... a narrative that speaks so astutely to the unspeakable losses inherent in the human condition."—The New York Times

"An elegant, ambitious, accomplished new work."—The Globe and Mail

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

In the Press

Richler's third novel explores emotional devastation that lasts generations, delivering a powerful punch. In post-WWII Montreal, Canada, Lily Kramer, a young refugee, marries Nathan, the brother of th - Publishers Weekly

An abandoned daughter searches for her mother in Nancy Richler's novel set in postwar Montreal. - The New York Times

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About the author

Nancy Richler

NANCY RICHLER's short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals, including The Fiddlehead, Room of One's Own, and The New Quarterly. Her previous novel, Your Mouth is Lovely, published in eleven countries, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy's 2004 Adei Wizo Award. She lives in Montreal.

Nancy Richler

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