IBNA- Persian translation of 'The Wife Upstairs' (2021) by American author Rachel Hawkins, a gripping thriller mystery novel with unpredictable twists a hat tip to Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ has been published.
Newsweek described the novel as “a delightfully surprising and suspenseful twist on ‘Jane Eyre’”. 'The Wife Upstairs' has been translated into Persian by Sahahr Ghadimi and released by Noon Publishing in 288 pages.
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 ‘The Wife Upstairs’, as well as 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.