Fourteen Novels by Anita Shreve
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Overview: Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts. Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school, and everything Eugene O’Neill ever wrote while she was a senior (to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work). After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston. Switching to journalism, Shreve traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for three years, working as a journalist for an African magazine.
In 1998, Shreve received the PEN/L. L. Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction. In 1999, The Pilot’s Wife became the 25th selection of Oprah’s Book Club and an international bestseller. In April 2002, CBS aired the film version of The Pilot’s Wife, starring Christine Lahti. She lives in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.
Genre: Literary Fiction
Resistance: Set in a Belgian village amid the wreckage of World War II, Resistance is a powerful exploration of passion, self-discovery, and sacrifice from one of our most accomplished storytellers. Just as the Nazi occupation forces have drained her village of coffee, meat, and chocolate, the war has also depleted whatever joy there may have been in Claire Daussois’s marriage. On their small farm in the south of Belgium, Claire and her husband, Henri, shelter refugees – Jews, Allied pilots, and fleeing Belgian soldiers – before passing them along toward France and freedom.
The Weight of Water: A riveting and deeply involving story of irresistible emotions and irrevocable actions, by the author of Eden Close. A century after two women were murdered in a fit of passion on a small island off the coast of New Hampsire, another woman goes to the island to shoot a photo essay about the crime–and finds herself gripped by uncontrollable passions of her own.
The Pilot’s Wife: Anita Shreve offers a skillfully crafted exploration of the long reach of tragedy. Kathryn Lyons has a satisfying teaching job; a home by the ocean; a fifteen-year-old daughter; and a happy marriage. Nothing has prepared her for the late-night knock that lets her know her husband has died in a crash. Even before the plane is located, the scrutiny of her husband’s life begins to bring a personal mystery into focus.
Sea Glass: When an English biographer, Mr Moxom, sets out to write a story on the Rose Street Massacre of 1933, he interviews elderly Honora Beecher, one of the few remaining survivors 50 years later. He wants to know everything and sets out to get Honora’s and her late husband’s life story to tell the tale.
All He Ever Wanted: Etna Bliss her just moved to the New England town where her uncle teaches college when her life is transformed in a single stroke. She is dining in a hotel downtown when a fire forces her to escape to the snowy streets outside. Amid the smoke and chaos of that night she is glimpsed, standing under a streetlight, by a man who was dining in the same room – a man who is so overwhelmed by the sight of her that he rebuilds his life around a single goal: to marry Etna Bliss. That man is Nicholas Van Tassel, and All He Ever Wanted is his account of how two lives changed from that tumultuous night forward. A proud and orderly man, Van Tassel is ill equipped to deal with the ferocity of love. But he is determined to have Etna, no matter what the cost. Riding a train south many years later, he unwinds his memories of the drama that followed and struggles to understand the mystery his life became on that night.
A Wedding In December: At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding. Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband. Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy twenty-six years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons. Agnes, now a history teacher at Kidd is a still-single woman who longs to tell a secret she cannot reveal to the others, a secret that would stun them all. Bridget, the mother of a 15-year-old boy, has agreed to marry Bill, an old high school lover whom she has recently re-met, despite uncertainties about her health and future. Indeed, it is Bill who passionately wants this wedding and who has brought everyone together for an astonishing weekend of revelation and recrimination, forgiveness and redemption.
Testimony: At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora’s box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices–those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal–that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.
A Change in Altitude: Margaret and Patrick, married just a few months, set off on a great adventure – a year living in Kenya. While Patrick practices medicine, Margaret works as a photojournalist, capturing a dizzying and sometimes dangerous city on film.
When a British couple invites the newlyweds on a climbing expedition to the summit of Mount Kenya, they eagerly agree. But during their arduous ascent a horrific accident occurs. In its aftermath, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how it has transformed her and her marriage, perhaps for ever. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, A Change in Altitude illuminates the irrevocable impact of tragedy and the elusive nature of forgiveness.
Rescue: A rookie paramedic pulls a young woman alive from her totaled car, a first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma–streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes, fierce desires, and a never-look-back determination. Peter Webster, as straight an arrow as they come, falls for her instantly and entirely. Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair, married, and parents to a baby daughter. Like the crash that brought them together, it all happened so fast. Can you ever really save another person? Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone.
Light on Snow: ‘I watched my father run forward in his snowshoes the way one sometimes does in dreams, unable to make the legs move fast enough. I ran to the place where he knelt. I looked down into the sleeping bag. A tiny face gazed up at me, the eyes wide despite their many folds. The baby was wrapped in a bloody towel, and its lips were blue.’ The events of a December afternoon on which a father and his daughter find an abandoned infant in the snow will forever alter eleven-year- old Nicky Dillon’s understanding of the world which she is about to enter and the adults who inhabit it: a father who has taken great pains to remove himself from society in order to put behind him an unthinkable tragedy; a young woman who must live with the consequences of the terrible choices she has made; and a detective whose cleverness is superseded only by his sense of justice. Written from the point of view of thirty-year-old Nicky as she recalls the vivid images of that fateful December, hers is a tale of love and courage, of tragedy and redemption, and of the ways in which the human heart always seeks to heal itself.
Eden close: Andrew searches for the truth about Eden, his next-door neighbor seventeen years before, who was blinded by, and lost her father to, an unknown attacker.
Fortune’s Rocks: Everywhere hailed for its emotional intensity and unflagging narrative momentum, this magnificent novel transports us to the turn of the twentieth century, to the world of a prominent Boston family summering on the New Hampshire coast, and to the social orbit of a spirited young woman who falls into a passionate, illicit affair with an older man, with cataclysmic results.
The Last Time They Met: In The Last Time They Met, Anita Shreve shows how the decisions we make can affect the course of our lives. It is with mixed emotions that poet Linda Fallon greets her old lover, fellow poet Thomas Janes, when they bump into each other at a literary festival. Devastated by their breakup years before, Janes chose this moment to reconnect and, if possible, reignite their romance.
Body Surfing: At the age of twenty-nine, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to find her footing again, she has answered an advertisement to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their ocean front New Hampshire cottage. But when the Edwards’ two grown sons, Ben and Jeff, arrive at the beach house, Sydney finds herself caught up in a destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. As the brothers vie for her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt is threatened. With the subtle wit, lyrical language, and brilliant insight into real emotion that has led her to be called ‘a supremely elegant anatomist of the human heart’ (The Times), Shreve weaves a story about risk, family, and the supreme courage that it takes to love.
Note: THE FORTUNE’S ROCKS QUARTET novels (Fortune’s Rocks, The Pilot’s Wife, Sea Glass, and Body Surfing) center on women’s lives across different eras and share only one specific detail: they are all set in the same coastal New England home.