Search Results: "Anita Shreve"


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BODY SURFING by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2007

"Not one of this crowd-pleasing author's best, but a solid, workmanlike B-plus effort."
The cottage on the New Hampshire coast that housed the protagonists of The Pilot's Wife (1998) and Sea Glass (2002) makes a poignant setting for Shreve's tale of a young widow thrown into a fraught family drama. Read full book review >

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FORTUNE'S ROCKS by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 1999

"Olympia leaps out in sharp focus from the first page, but the conscientiously tangled plotting and the muddle it provokes in her show the strain of transplanting a millenial sensibility back a hundred years.($200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Shreve's seventh novel (Pilot's Wife, 1998, etc.) is a pleasantly atmospheric fin-de-siäcle tale of high-society adultery, in which love ultimately triumphs for a gorgeously written heroine who seems to belong in a different century. Read full book review >

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RESCUE by Anita Shreve
Released: Nov. 30, 2010

"A pale novel, heavy on uplift and padded with episodes of Webster responding as an EMT to various crises, but it's hard not to root for such a WASP mensch."
In Shreve's latest (A Change in Altitude, 2009, etc.), an EMT medic falls in love with a woman he saves and ends up raising their child alone. Read full book review >

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THE STARS ARE FIRE by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Formulaic plot aside, worth reading for the period detail and the evocative prose."
Shreve's latest takes on natural disasters, public and private. Read full book review >

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THE LAST TIME THEY MET by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"The shock ending and pretentious elements, such as Linda's unconvincing struggle with her faith, can't disguise the fact that the author is very short of fresh ideas here."
Bestselling Shreve (The Pilot's Wife, 1998, etc.) reuses a character from a previous novel in this new work tracing a doomed love affair backwards in time. Read full book review >

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SEA GLASS by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2002

"A sterling effort from an intelligent and entertaining popular novelist."
In Shreve's ninth novel, a bitter strike racks the New Hampshire coastal community that also provided the setting for Fortune's Rocks (1999). Read full book review >

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LIGHT ON SNOW by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2004

"One of this talented author's lesser efforts, though fans will probably be satisfied by the readable prose and intelligent, albeit shallow, character observation."
From bestselling Shreve (All He Ever Wanted, 2003, etc.), a curiously listless tale of a grieving dad and daughter who rescue a newborn abandoned in the snow. Read full book review >

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ALL HE EVER WANTED by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2003

"Full-bodied storytelling with an unflinching moral backbone: one of Shreve's best."
Shreve (Sea Glass, 2002, etc.) daringly makes the bad guy her narrator in a creepy tale of relentless love. Read full book review >

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TESTIMONY by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"Slick but lacking depth."
A sex scandal at a Massachusetts prep school seen through the eyes of students, teachers, parents and anyone else of even peripheral relevance. Read full book review >

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A WEDDING IN DECEMBER by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2005

"An impressive display of literary talent from Shreve (Light on Snow, 2004, etc.) that deserves to be employed in a riskier undertaking. Readers, however, will not be disappointed."
A group of prep-schoolmates reunite 27 years after graduation. Read full book review >

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PILOT'S WIFE by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"An evocative but obvious thriller, rather like a domesticated Patricia Highsmith, that keeps you reading—even as you're regretting the opportunities for intrigue and angst that the narrative consistently ignores."
Though sacrificing depth and credibility for speed, Shreve's sixth (The Weight of Water, 1997, etc.) is another suspenseful portrait of a modern marriage rent by betrayal and loss. Read full book review >

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WHERE OR WHEN by Anita Shreve
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1993

"Love, lust, and redemption all too quickly reduced to sinners who must pay for their sins—but, still, a seductive parable with great mood music."
Shreve, who mixed up such a potent brew of love and tragedy in her earlier Eden Close (1989) and Strange Fits of Passion (1991), serves us something else here—slightly sweeter but also thinner, something that for all its fizz feels flat by the end. Read full book review >