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Anita Shreve - Author

About the Author

Anita Shreve is the author of fifteen best-selling novels which have spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller Lists. The Weight of Water was short listed for the Orange Prize and The Pilot’s Wife was selected by Oprah Winfrey’s ‘Book club’ series.  Shreve started her writing career as a journalist and her award-winning short stories and non-fiction have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Esquire.  Shreve is married to a man she met when she was 13.  She has two children and three stepchildren and lives in Massachusetts.

 

Anita Shreve was our Author of the Month in February 2012.

 

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Featured books by Anita Shreve

The Lives of Stella Bain

The Lives of Stella Bain

Author: Anita Shreve Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

Hauled in a cart to a field hospital in northern France in March 1916, an American woman wakes from unconsciousness to the smell of gas gangrene, the sounds of men in pain, and an almost complete loss of memory: she knows only that she can drive an ambulance, she can draw, and her name is Stella Bain. A stateless woman in a lawless country, Stella embarks on a journey to reconstruct her life. Suffering an agonising and inexplicable array of symptoms, she finds her way to London. There, Dr August Bridge, a cranial surgeon turned psychologist, is drawn to tracking her amnesia to its source. What brutality was she fleeing when she left the tranquil seclusion of a New England college campus to serve on the Front; for what crime did she need to atone - and whom did she leave behind? Vivid, intense and gripping, packed with secrets and revelations, The Lives of Stella Bain is at once a ravishing love story and an intense psychological mystery.

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The Lives of Stella Bain

The Lives of Stella Bain

Author: Anita Shreve Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/03/2014

Hauled in a cart to a field hospital in northern France in March 1916, an American woman wakes from unconsciousness to the smell of gas gangrene, the sounds of men in pain, and an almost complete loss of memory: she knows only that she can drive an ambulance, she can draw, and her name is Stella Bain. A stateless woman in a lawless country, Stella embarks on a journey to reconstruct her life. Suffering an agonising and inexplicable array of symptoms, she finds her way to London. There, Dr August Bridge, a cranial surgeon turned psychologist, is drawn to tracking her amnesia to its source. What brutality was she fleeing when she left the tranquil seclusion of a New England college campus to serve on the Front; for what crime did she need to atone - and whom did she leave behind?

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Rescue

Rescue

Author: Anita Shreve Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2012

February 2012 Book of the Month. A tale of love, banishment and renewal, Rescue is a perfectly paced novel, written with Shreve's skilful lightness of touch and perceptive characterisation.  Alternating between the life-and-death scenarios Peter regularly encounters and the fraught family tension between father and daughter, the reader is gripped by the drama and emotion that Shreve so expertly builds.  Shreve is the bestelling author of Testimony, A Change in Altitude and the Orange prize shotlisted The Weight of Water.

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Other books by Anita Shreve

Weil sie sich liebten

Weil sie sich liebten

Author: Anita Shreve Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2012

Mike Bordwin ist stolz, Direktor der renommierten Avery Academy zu sein. Doch ein kurzer Moment genugt, um seinen Lebenstraum zu zerstoren: Ein Video gerat an die Offentlichkeit, auf dem sich drei Schuler mit einem deutlich jungeren Madchen amusieren und dabei malos uber die Strange schlagen. Ein aufwuhlender Roman uber Leidenschaft und Treue, Begierde und die Zerbrechlichkeit des Glucks.

Die Nacht am Strand

Die Nacht am Strand

Author: Anita Shreve Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2012

Kristallblauer Himmel und das gleiende Licht am Meer: Die 29-jahrige Sydney mochte an der sommerlichen Kuste von New Hampshire Abstand von ihrem alten Leben gewinnen. Nach dem tragischen Tod ihres Mannes arbeitet sie als Privatlehrerin im Sommerhaus der Edwards. Doch dann verliebt sie sich in Jeff, einen der beiden erwachsenen Sohne der Familie - und lasst sich auf ein verhangnisvolles Abenteuer ein. Ihr Leben und das der Edwards geraten aus den Fugen ...

Eine Hochzeit im Dezember

Eine Hochzeit im Dezember

Author: Anita Shreve Format: eBook Release Date: 17/07/2012

Die winterlichen Berkshire Hills in Neuengland sind der Schauplatz einer besonderen Begegnung: Nach 27 Jahren treffen sich sieben alte Schulfreunde wieder, um die spate Hochzeit von Bill und Bridget zu feiern. Doch statt Ausgelassenheit herrscht angespannte Nervositat. Denn nun wird in ihnen allen das tragische Ereignis wieder lebendig, das sie seit ihrer Schulzeit auf schicksalhafte Weise miteinander verbindet und ihr Leben fur immer verandert hat.

Rescue

Rescue

Author: Anita Shreve Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2012

February 2012 Book of the Month. A tale of love, banishment and renewal, Rescue is a perfectly paced novel, written with Shreve's skilful lightness of touch and perceptive characterisation.  Alternating between the life-and-death scenarios Peter regularly encounters and the fraught family tension between father and daughter, the reader is gripped by the drama and emotion that Shreve so expertly builds.  Shreve is the bestelling author of Testimony, A Change in Altitude and the Orange prize shotlisted The Weight of Water.

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Change in Altitude

Change in Altitude

Author: Anita Shreve Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2009

Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventurea year living in Kenya. While Patrick practices equatorial medicine, Margaret works as a photojournalist. Shuttling between tony expatriate suburbs and squalid shantytowns, Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.A British couple invites the newlyweds to join them on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, the unthinkable happens. In a reckless moment, a horrific accident occurs, and a life is claimed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.Revealing and intimate, A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness.

Testimony

Testimony

Author: Anita Shreve Format: eBook Release Date: 21/10/2008

AT Avery Academy, a prestigious New England boarding school, the headmaster finds himself in possession of a videotape a disaster in a small package. More shocking than the sexual acts recorded on the tape are the ages of the students. One girl is just fourteen.A Pandoras box, the tape unleashes a storm of shame and recrimination throughout the small community. The men, women, and teenagers involved speak out to relate the events of that night and their aftermath. Mike Bordwin, the headmaster, struggles to contain the scandal before it destroys the school. Silas Quinney, a well-liked local boy, grapples with the tremendous consequences of his mistakes. Anna, his mother, confronts her own forbidden temptations. And Sienna, an enigmatic and troubled young woman, tries to put her past behind her.For all the tape reveals, it provokes more questions than it answers. How did this happen? Who is to blame? And will the mistakes of one foolish moment ruin the futures of everyone involved? As the chorus of voices rises to a crescendo, it reveals the surprising truth of what occurred that night, and how the lives touched by these events will be forever transformed. Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her greatest work, Anita Shreve brings us a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, or the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.From the Compact Disc edition.

The Pilot's Wife

The Pilot's Wife

Author: Anita Shreve Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/04/1999

An Oprah's Book Club selection, this gripping and powerfully wrought novel from the bestselling author of The Weight of Water is a stunning meditation on grief, betrayal and 'the ultimate unknowability of those closest to us' (Daily Telegraph) Who can guess what a woman will do when the unthinkable becomes her reality? Being married to a pilot has taught Kathryn Lyons to be ready for emergencies, but nothing has prepared her for the late-night knock on her door and the news of her husband's fatal crash. As Kathryn struggles through her grief, she is forced to confront disturbing rumours about the man she loved and the life that she took for granted. Torn between her impulse to protect her husband's memory and her desire to know the truth, Kathryn sets off to find out if she ever really knew the man who was her husband. In her determination to test the truth of her marriage, she faces shocking revelations about the secrets a man can keep and the actions a woman is willing to take. 'Enthralling' -Anita Brookner, author of the Booker Prize-winning Hotel du Lac 'Compellingly told, brilliantly observed, lyrically written and when you get to the last page you simply want to run out and buy everything she's ever written' -Sunday Independent

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