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Anita Shreve is the author of twelve critically acclaimed and bestselling novels, all published in Abacus paperback.Author Location: Massachusetts, USA12 novels including Eden Close, Resistance, The Pilot's Wife, Fortune's Rocks, Sea Glass, All He Ever Wanted, Light on Snow and A Wedding in December


Divorced and then widowed before age 30, Sydney spends a summer tutoring a teenager and finds herself caught between the girl's two grown brothers. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

As usual, Shreve s powerful storytelling pulls you in like a rip tide MARIE CLAIRE Relationships in all their guises are Shreve s thing; she fascinated by what binds us together and flings us apart . . . Like all Shreve s novels, BODY SURFING examines not only the creation but the breakdown of numerous relationships in their different forms . . . This is undoubtedly one of Shreve s finest works yet GLAMOUR More heart-wrenching from the queen of the emotional rollercoaster DAILY MIRROR Shreve writes about emotional dramas and she writes about them well . . . [she has] a talent for intense and catastrophic moments . . . If you have to brand something as the perfect beach or comfort read, then this would be it EVENING STANDARD Because it s Anita Shreve you know there will be emotional upheavals, shifts of loyalty and painful revelations about the past before the book is over, and so it proves - the Shreve hallmarks are all over this warm, satisfying novel THE TIMES Shreve stipples her prose with detail, portraying one woman s sense of dislocation with perspicacity and great compassion DAILY MAIL Nobody does emotional intensity quite like Anita Shreve, as this beautifully written story of destructive relationships proves BELLA Intricately crafted . . . Shreve s depiction of how the tensions that simmer below the surface of this family eventually b

Deceptive love and stark betrayal form the icy core of this dark 12th novel from Oprah-anointed (The Pilot's Wife), Orange Prize finalist (The Weight of Water) Shreve. Set adrift at 29 by the sudden death of her second husband (her first divorced her), smart, underemployed Sydney (no last name) signs on for a quiet New England oceanfront summer of tutoring 18-year-old Julie, the intellectually slow but artistically talented and strikingly beautiful daughter of the fractious Edwards clan. The family includes Julie's brothers-35-year-old Boston corporate real estate man Ben and 31-year-old M.I.T. poli-sci professor Jeff-and the three children's parents. Sydney is half-Jewish, and Mrs. Edwards is anti-Semitic. Family tensions escalate when Julie disappears, then resurfaces in Montreal as the lesbian lover of 25-year-old Helene (a body surfer who frequented the beach near the Edwardses' home). Jeff and Sydney bond during their search for Julie, nights of passion leading to plans for a joyous wedding, which get very complicated when the couple returns to Edwards central. Shreve's devastating depiction of the family's dissolution-the culmination of sublimated jealousies suddenly exploding into the open-is wrenching. Shreve's omniscience is asserted with such ease that it often feels like she's toying with her characters, but her control is masterful, particularly in the sure-handed and compassionate aftermath. (Apr.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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