Written by JoAnn Catania
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
Duration 11 hours and 54 minutes
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Madame Bovary meets a Doll’s House in this modern day romantic period drama that explores with psychological depth the full emotional palette of a woman caught between worlds. The novel reveals the complexity of the human mind caught in obsession and delusion, through the figure of a woman who is determined not to see what is right in front of her until events force her to reckon with her own dependence on the two men in her life.
Rita McEachern is a hyphenated Canadian from a Sicilian background, living in Toronto in 1986. Although she grew up in the free-love, flowers in the hair era of the 60s and 70s, it has not touched her. Eighteen years of being a stay-at-home wife and mother that her husband, Victor, and her own upbringing expected her to be, has turned her into a borderline agoraphobic, fearful of venturing more than a few blocks from her home. If hers is a loveless and passionless marriage, she is not aware of it.
When Victor insists that she serve “milk-fed” veal to his principal and his wife, whom he has invited for dinner in hopes of snagging an up-coming vice-principal position, Rita nervously heads out to the only meat market that carries it, some distance from her home. While out on this shopping errand, she has an unexpected confrontation with Valentin, a ruggedly handsome Spanish immigrant, which sends her life spinning in a totally different direction. Although twelve years younger than Rita, Valentin is intrigued by her innocence and naïveté. Unable to resist his enthusiastic overtures, Rita falls passionately in love with him, ultimately, forcing her to make some hard decisions in order to save herself and her family.
WARNING: Includes explicit sexual content suitable for adults only.
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