Gulliver’s Wife by Lauren Chater – Our Review
Gulliver’s Wife is the mesmerising story of Mary Gulliver, imagined wife to the fictional character Lemuel Gulliver in the historic and iconic book by Jonathon Swift, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’.
The author Lauren Chater is well regarded for her previous historical fiction books and has created a masterpiece in this latest novel.
So vividly presented is an imagining of what life would look like for Gulliver’s wife. It’s 1702 London, when Mary’s husband is lost at sea, her identity now echoing a desperate silence.
Mary, a herbalist and midwife must rally to rebuild her life, in a world not designed for solo women. A world of violence and prejudice, a world marred by desperate poverty.
After a long three years, Lemuel is unbelievably returned home and Mary must face her greatest battle yet. With her husband struggling to make sense of reality, he draws Mary and her daughter into his life of outlandish reason, further risking them both to greater shame and ostracism within the community.
Mary, has no concept of how wildly courageous she is, and of how she must find a deep inner strength to face the insurmountable challenges before her.
The perfect winding journey of a female protagonist, that will capture your attention and take you on a heart wrenchingly hopeful adventure. A great escapist read for right now.
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books