The Woman Who Wouldn't
St. Martin's Press
On Sale: March 4, 2008
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The beloved actor and screenwriter’s second novel,
set in 1903, stars a young concert violinist named Jeremy
Webb, who one day goes from accomplished adagios with the
Cleveland Orchestra to having a complete breakdown on stage.
If he hadn’t poured a glass of water down the throat of a
tuba, maybe he wouldn’t have been sent to a health resort in
Badenweiler, Germany. But it’s in that serene place that
Jeremy meets Clara Mulpas, whom he tries his hardest to
Clara is so beautiful that Jeremy
finds it impossible to keep from trying to find a chink in
her extraordinary reserve and elegance. He finds himself
reflexively flirting to get a reaction—after all, a tease
and a wink have always worked before, with women back home.
But flirting probably isn’t the best way to appeal to a
woman who was married to a dumb brute and doesn’t want to
have anything more to do with men. Jeremy isn’t sure how to
press his case—but he won’t give up.
Wilder’s prose is elegant, spare and
affecting. But it’s his romantic’s eye for the intense
emotions that animate a real love story that makes The
Woman Who Wouldn’t an unforgettable
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