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The Knife Thrower's Wife Paperback – Illustrated, Sept. 29 2020

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 ratings

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In Sheila McGraw's energetic, polished mystery The Knife Thrower's Wife, cracks begin to appear in a long marriage. Julia loves her husband, Austin, whose portrayal as a mean, even sinister, man is spot-on. The book is realistic in its depiction of a family picking up the pieces of a marital implosion.

In humorous fantasy scenes, Julia slips into daydreaming about how she would react more assertively to people if she had no personal and social constraints.

Visual lines show how Julia feels "tiny, hairy centipede feet of fear" and capture her house as "a domestic detention unit" in the eyes of a big city resident, and in conversations, characters' South Texas mannerisms come out to entertaining effect.

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While Sheila McGraw is well known for her children's and how-to craft books, with her new murder-mystery, The Knife Thrower's Wife, she trades the kid-lit sandbox for the grown-ups' steamy hot tub, confirming that for McGraw, no genre is off limits. Set in Houston, The Knife Thrower's Wife is a twisty, dark, yet at times humorous, domestic-suspense story of one woman's midlife awakening. McGraw started her career as an illustrator and writer for fashion houses and magazines. She transitioned to publishing when she was hired to illustrate the children's classic, Love You Forever, which has gone on to sell more than 32 million copies. McGraw followed with 15 books, including several bestsellers. In 2006, McGraw permanently swapped Canadian snow for Texas sunshine. She resides in a waterfront community in Galveston County, where, if she isn't at her keyboard or easel, she can be found gardening or relaxing by the water. She is the mother of three grown sons.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ White Bird Publications; Illustrated edition (Sept. 29 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 340 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1633634779
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1633634770
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 336 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.32 cm
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NEW RELEASE! Life's too short to concentrate on just one genre, and lately, McGraw has hopped from the kid-lit sandbox to the grown-ups' steamy hot tub with &quot;The Knife Thrower's Wife&quot; a mystery/domestic-suspense novel.

Sheila McGraw was born in Toronto and began her career as an illustrator and copywriter for retail fashion outlets and editorial publications. In 1986 she was approached by Firefly Books to illustrate &quot;Love You Forever&quot; written by Robert Munsch. As that book achieved success she wrote and/or illustrated several craft and children's books. McGraw's &quot;Papier-Mache for Kids&quot; was awarded the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award. Her artwork has been widely exhibited and represented by the Loch Galleries in Canada.

The best seller Love You Forever has been voted Most Iconic Book Cover in a readers' poll conducted by CBC. Thank you to everyone who voted for Love You Forever.

Sheila McGraw is painting and writing in Houston Texas. She is the mother of 3 grown sons.

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