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Body Surfing

Anita Shreve

8 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Now in B format.
The bestselling author of A WEDDING IN DECEMBER returns with a scintillating new novel about a young widow torn between two brothers during one long New England summer

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 oceanfront 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.

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Praise for Body Surfing

  • 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 burst to the surface is gut-wrenching, and - as you would be entitled to expect from this master of the human drama - utterly gripping - SUNDAY BUSINESS POST

  • Shreve evokes the feel and sensation of an exclusive summer beach house and the family that owns it . . . [This book] won t let you go until you ve reached the last page - SUNDAY TRIBUNE

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Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve teaches writing at Amherst College and divides her time between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She began writing as a high school teacher. One of her first published stories was awarded an O Henry Prize in 1975. She became a journalist, spending three years in Kenya. Back in the US, she wrote the non-fiction books Remaking Motherhood and Women Together, Women Alone and began her first novel Eden Close. In 1989, she turned to fiction full time. She is the author of many acclaimed novels and the international number-one bestsellers The Pilot's Wife, Fortune's Rocks and Sea Glass.

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