The Woman in the Fifth

The Woman in the Fifth

A Novel

Book - 2011 | First Atria Paperback edition
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"Harry Ricks is a man who has lost everything. A romantic mistake at the small American college where he used to teach has cost him his job, his marriage, and the love of his only child. Hounded by scandal, he flees to Paris, where a series of accidental encounters lands him in a grubby room with a job as night watchman for a sinister operation. Just when he begins to think he has hit rock bottom, romance enters his life in the form of Margit-a cultivated, widowed Hungarian émigré who shares Harry's profound loneliness but who keeps her distance, remaining guarded about her past. As Harry wrestles with Margit's reticence, he begins to notice that all those who have recently done him wrong are meeting unfortunate ends-and it soon becomes apparent that he has stumbled into a nightmare from which there is no escape." -- from
Publisher: New York : Atria Paperback, 2011
Edition: First Atria Paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451602111
Branch Call Number: Fiction Kennedy
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 23 cm


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lilylib Oct 23, 2013

It was a very strange reading for me. I really loved his The Pursuit of Happiness, so I guess I expected something of a similar quality. Not only the pace of the story didn't pick up until way past the middle of it, it also had this weird fantasy twist, which was a total absurd (at least, for my taste). And all this nonsense has ended very weakly. Maybe, it's just not my book...

BakerStreetIrregular May 04, 2012

I struggled getting into this book but was determined to persevere and finish it. Unfortunately I gave up half-way through. The story-line just never picked up and reading about the main character's life was plain depressing. Not even the setting of Paris could make this book interesting.


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