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Anita Shreve

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Provocative, dazzling and compassionate, Anita Shreve's new novel explores important issues to do with privacy and teen behaviour.

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 voice - 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 gripping emotional drama with the pace of a thriller, Anita Shreve's TESTIMONY explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.

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Praise for Testimony

  • It s a tense, emotional tragedy where no-one escapes unscathed. Thrilling - Vogue Magazine Australia

  • One of the great pleasures of this book is the way the characters unwittingly reveal themselves in the way they talk and in the things they choose to say The book would be ideal for teaching literature and for readers' groups. It provides endless food for thought and for impassioned discussion across a wide field of topics: responsibility, parenting, adolescence, storytelling and the terrible power of sex and desire. - Sydney Morning Herald

  • One of Shreve s strengths is tapping into contemporary concerns and feelings The pace doesn t slacken, the scandal intensifies and the reader s curiosity and sympathy are held to the end - Good Reading

  • Shreve does a good job of it. From the moment principal Bordwin presses play on that tape, it's as hard for us, as for him, to look away. - Sun-Herald

  • You can depend on Anita Shreve to come up with a gripping emotional drama that holds the reader's attention from the first page A compelling read - SA Life

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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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