by Anita Shreve
Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 14 May 1998
Number of pages: 256
Prizes: Shortlisted for Orange Prize for Fiction 1998.
Shortlisted for Orange Prize for Fiction 1998.
A tale of obsessive love, hidden motivations and the endless resonance of guilt.
Jean has been commissioned to do a photo-journalistic piece about the 1873 murder of two Norwegian women on the lonely and delightfully named Smuttynose Island off the coast of New Hampshire. She takes her family there for a holiday but, in the close confines of the boat, the relationships between the adults become strained and Jean is morbidly drawn to her subject. Shreve's writing is spare but expressive, capturing the emotional numbness surrounding tragedy. (Kirkus UK)
What the papers say:
Compelling and beautifully written ... the strength of the book lies in the exquisite handling of the metaphor of the sea - constant but shifting, all surface but all depth: and in particular the dangerous emotional currents that in both stories collide forcibly to make disaster inevitable Lynne Truss, THE TIMES Enthralling...an object lesson in how to unravel a complicated plot Anita Brookner Rich, sensual prose...subtle and disturbing Rosellen Brown Shortlisted for the Orange Prize, this is a beautifully crafted novel that explores the way in which we tell stories to try and relieve the weight of the past. SUNDAY TIMES
Formerly a journalist (Newsweek, US magazine) and non-fiction writer, Anita Shreve's first novel EDEN CLOSE, published in 1990, introduced a distinctively individual voice to literary fiction. She is the author of ten other bestselling novels, all available from Little, Brown and Abacus.
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