The Woman Who Wouldn't

The Woman Who Wouldn't

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In 1903, after suffering a breakdown on stage, Jeremy Webb, a violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra, is sent by the company to recover at a health resort in Badenweiler, Germany, where he meets the beautiful and reserved Clara Mulpas, a woman suffering from severe consumption and recovering from the aftereffects of a bad marriage. 50,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

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 seduce.

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 book.



Blackwell North Amer
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 onstage. 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 seduce.
Clara is so beautiful that Jeremy finds it impossible to keep from trying to detect a chink in her extraordinary reserve and elegance. He realizes he is 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 book.

Baker
& Taylor

In 1903, after suffering a breakdown on stage, Jeremy Webb, a violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra, is sent to a health resort in Badenweiler, Germany, where he meets Clara Mulpas, a woman suffering from severe consumption.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780312375782
Branch Call Number: FIC Wilde
Characteristics: 167 p.

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