Rachel Hawkins - THE WIFE UPSTAIRS

In partnership with The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Octavia Books invites you to a "Reader Meet Writer" virtual event featuring author Rachel Hawkins presenting her new novel, THE WIFE UPSTAIRS. She will appear "in conversation" with New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash.

  • Date: Thursday, January 7, 2021
  • Time: 6:00 PM CST
  • or simply by purchasing the book here.
  • Watch: via Zoom

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A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, Rachel Hawkins's THE WIFE UPSTAIRS pairs Southern charm with atmospheric domestic suspense

Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates--a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates' most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can't help but see an opportunity in Eddie--not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she's always yearned for.

Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie's heart before her past--or his--catches up to her?

With delicious suspense, incisive wit, and a fresh, feminist sensibility, THE WIFE UPSTAIRS flips the script on a timeless tale of forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who just won't stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature's most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending?

RACHEL HAWKINS is the New York Times bestselling author of multiple books for young readers, and her work has been translated in over a dozen countries. She studied gender and sexuality in Victorian literature at Auburn University and currently lives in Alabama. The Wife Upstairs is her first adult novel.

Code of Conduct: Our event provides a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate. Anyone violating these rules may be expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the organizers.



Event date: 

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event address: 

via Zoom
The Wife Upstairs: A Novel By Rachel Hawkins Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250245496
Availability: Not in stock. Usually arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - January 5th, 2021

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