The Woman Who Wouldn't: 02/21/10
I like the walk the stacks at my library just to see what jumps out at me. On one of my recent walks I spotted The Woman Who Wouldn't by Gene Wilder. I stopped mid step, thinking, Gene Wilder writes books? I opened the cover to read the back flap and sure enough there was Gene Wilder, actor and author.
The Woman Who Wouldn't is a novella about an unlikely romance at a sanitarium at the turn of the last century. A concert violinist goes to Germany to recover from a nervous breakdown. While there he meets the woman who wouldn't and eventually befriends her.
When I started the book I was skeptical but by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. There's a subtle humor to the book that brings a human face to the patients instead of putting the focus on their conditions.
Comment #1: Tuesday, February, 23, 2010 at 10:13:22
Thanks for this! Never heard of it and didn't know Gene Wilder wrote books either! I have a special interest for books set in early 1900s sanitariums, so will definitely be looking for this one!
Comment #2: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 21:41:01
I think you will really like The Woman Who Wouldn't. It's a lovely, touching and sometimes humerous romance.