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Mrs. March

A Novel

by Virginia Feito

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Mrs. March by Virginia Feito
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    Aug 10, 2021
    256 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Soon to be a feature film from Blumhouse Productions starring Elizabeth Moss.

"I read Virginia's novel in one sitting and was so captured by it I knew I had to make it and play Mrs. March. As a character, she is fascinating, complex, and deeply human and I can't wait to sink my teeth into her." - Elisabeth Moss

In this astonishing debut, the venerable but gossipy New York literary scene is twisted into a claustrophobic fun house of paranoia, horror, and wickedly dark humor. George March's latest novel is a smash. No one is prouder than Mrs. March, his doting wife. But one morning, the shopkeeper of her favorite patisserie suggests that his protagonist is based on Mrs. March herself: "But ... ―isn't she...' Mrs. March leaned in and in almost a whisper said, 'a whore?" Clutching her ostrich-leather pocketbook, she flees, that one casual remark destroying her belief that she knew everything about her husband―as well as herself.

Suddenly, Mrs. March is hurled into a harrowing journey that builds to near psychosis, one that begins merely within the pages of a book but may uncover both a killer and the long-buried secrets of her past.

A twenty-first-century Highsmith, Virginia Feito conjures the unforgettable Mrs. March, an Upper East Side housewife whose life is shattered by her husband's latest novel.

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"Books and Authors to Know: Titles to Watch 2021" - Library Journal

"Like Mrs. March herself, I spent most of Virginia Feito's trippy novel wondering, What the devil is going on? When she figured it out, I was haunted for days." - Helen Ellis, author of American Housewife

"This crisp, delicious portrait of a woman coming apart is a brutal, darkly funny, sharp blade of a book. I loved it." - Amber Sparks, author of And I Do Not Forgive You

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Becky H

Not for everyone, but great
The feeling of portending disaster looms from the very first page, The disturbing adjectives and descriptions add to the malevolence. I hated this book and loved it at the same time. The writing is wonderful. The character of Mrs. March spirals out of control splendidly.
I don’t want to say much more because this book needs to be read without knowing even the basic plot. It is not quite a thriller, not quite a book of psychological horror. It is definitely a book that grabs you and then doesn’t let go until the shocking end. (Yes, I saw it coming, but didn’t want it to happen.)
Did I “enjoy” reading this book. No, unequivocally. But it was a great book. Would I recommend it to my book group, No! Would I recommend it to a very select group of friends that I know well. Yes!
5 of 5 stars

Linda S. (Cranberry Township, PA)

Appearances Are Important
Appearances are everything to the exquisite Mrs. March. Her husband's latest novel has become a much talked about hit, unbeknownst to her. She ultimately learns the novel's protagonist could have been based on herself…. and the main character is (in hushed tones) a whore. She slowly comes undone, which is not difficult for a woman who is her own worst enemy. She lives with high expectations as the elegant victim, ever hopeful in a pitiful way. Her subconscious mind is a formidable thing. Mrs. March's unsettling humiliation overpowers her with paranoia. Poor Mrs. March.

Carole C. (Willow Street, PA)

Another Mrs. March
Usually, "psychological thriller" is not my genre of choice. Often plots are too contrived for this reader to suspend disbelief, or the author seems more manipulator than novelist. Virginia Feito is guilty of neither in Mrs. March. From the opening chapter with vivid descriptions of the fur-coated, mint green kidskin-gloved Mrs. March and the question that will haunt her through the book -- Did her husband George base the main character in his latest best-selling book on her? -- I was drawn in.

As the reader is pulled into the eddy of Mrs. March's mind and swirls downward with her insecurities, suspicions, and delusions, the questions multiply and the facts blur. The book begins and ends with preparations for March dinner parties, but nothing quite prepared me for the latter. There should be no spoilers in a review of this book, and I comply. However, a quote from the book itself will describe the final spirals: "Something so ugly described so beautifully. To trap you, surely, to trap you into reading and slowly seduce you into agreeing with this deplorable portrait."

This book will, I believe, be a hit with fans of thrillers and with book clubs. I can't wait to discuss Mrs. March with some friends -- perhaps with a glass of red wine and a slice of black olive bread.

Vicki H. (Greenwood Village, CO)

Mrs March, We're Worried!
This dark psychological study puts the reader wrongfooted early on — something's 'off,' isn't it? — and pronto, we're strapped in for a Hitchcockian scare-ride of paranoia, hallucination, and a wee bit of kleptomania.

Mrs March (what happened in your dark childhood, dear?) is all about that M-R-S. That title and all it means gets a slap upside the head as the book begins.

Once that the pedestal she's built for herself is jostled, Mrs March wobbles wider and wider until the inevitable spectacular crash. (Inevitable, yet I didn't see it coming. The ending packs a surprising wallop.)

I loved the dark paranoia, the invitation into 80s NYC, the hint of The Yellow Wallpaper, the walls-closing-in feel. It's such a fascinating page turner, no wonder the movie's already planned

Donna W.

Mrs, March
This was a great book from the very first page to the last! The writing was extremely descriptive and I could picture Mrs. March in each scene as I read.

I went through so many emotions as I read and the character was so intriguing that I was carried along at a fast and increasingly suspenseful pace. I found my opinion of her changing back and forth as I read.

I couldn't put the book down, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast paced thriller. A really delightful book!

Connie L. (Bartlesville, OK)

Quirky and Quaint
Mrs. March is one quirky character, and you are solely reading her thoughts for the entire novel. To say that she is insecure and obsessive is quite the understatement. I was intrigued by Mrs. March's quaint voice and her interpretations of the events unfolding in her life. Gradually I began to have doubts that she was a reliable narrator.
This is a strange and intriguing story, and although I found it interesting and well-written, it dragged a bit in the middle. I found myself becoming increasingly annoyed by Mrs. March,and also feeling eternally grateful that she was neither a real person nor someone in my life. The ending took quite a turn. It was surprising and shocking.

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A native of Spain, Virginia Feito was raised in Madrid and Paris, and studied English and drama at Queen Mary University of London. She worked as a copywriter until she quit to write her debut novel. She lives in Madrid.

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