The Wilde Women

A Novel

The Wilde Women

Paula Wall, the national bestselling author of The Rock Orchard, returns with another witty, wise, and romantic tale of two sisters with a talent for seduction and the unfortunate habit of falling for the wrong man every time.

The Wilde sisters dove headfirst into this world on fire with life and expectation. With hair black as midnight and eyes blazing blue, they grow into truly irresistible women. But as well as being blessed with beauty and determination, the Wilde sisters are cursed with equal tastes for mischief and bad men. And both of these appetites always lead to trouble. Love either lifts a woman up or drags her down. When a Wilde woman dies, they don't have to dig a hole.

On Black Friday in Five Points, Tennessee, Pearl Wilde finds her sister, Kat, in the barn wearing both her favorite shoes and her fiancé. As quick to fury as she is to passion, Pearl leaves town immediately. She returns five years later a sophisticated femme fatale, with her claws sharpened like stainless steel and a demeanor so cool that the townspeople can no longer tell if she even has sweat glands. Slowly and deliberately, Pearl begins her revenge on Kat by captivating all the men of Five Points, but all the while never forgetting the one man who had the power to break her heart.

In The Wilde Women, Paula Wall once again bewitches the reader with humor, sass, smarts, and sensuality, creating a hilarious and beguiling world where sometimes the best revenge is forgiveness.
  • Washington Square Press | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743496247 | 
  • April 2008
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The Wilde Women
By Paula Wall

At every crossroad in life, there is always one right choice.
Inevitably, Wilde woman go left.

Fidela abandons a good man at the altar, damning him to a life of hate and bitterness; Lorna prefers to spend her time bedding other women's fiancés instead of raising her own daughters; and Kat betrays her sister Pearl, who runs away heartbroken only to return three years later to unleash her revenge in the form of a whorehouse. But, as the residents of Five Points, Tennessee, are quick to point out -- what else would you expect from the women who share the last name Wilde?
In Paula Wall's saucy southern novel, a town beaten down by the Depression is brought back to life by the bad blood boiling between Kat and Pearl Wilde. While one sister builds a business based on pleasing men, the other builds a life hell-bent on pleasing herself. Trapped between the fiery women are the men that desire them, the town that loves to hate them, and the spirits that haunt them.
Although it explores serious themes -- hate and forgiveness, love and betrayal, living up to a father's expectations and living down a mother's curse, The Wilde Women is an untamed, sassy read by an author who "has the southerner's warm gift for metaphor and a northerner's cool aptitude for telling it like it is" (Kirkus Reviews).

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Paula Wall

Paula Wall is the author of two collections of short pieces, My Love Is Free...But the Rest of Me Don't Come Cheap and If I Were a Man, I'd Marry Me. The latter was a semifinalist for the Thurber Prize. She currently lives outside of Nashville in a converted barn on 150 acres at the foot of the Highland Rim. Her nearest neighbor is one mile down the road, which, frankly, is a little too close for comfort. The Rock Orchard is her first novel. Visit her website at