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All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve

All He Ever Wanted

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A dark novel of unrequited love. The central character is not the most likeable but you do feel sympathy for him, married to a woman he desperately loves but who has told him from the start she does not love him in return. The relationship is doomed and we are swept along in the unravelling marriage to the novel’s disturbing end.

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All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve

A man escaping from a hotel fire sees a woman standing beneath a tree. He approaches her and sets in motion a series of events that will change his life forever. Years later, traveling from New England to Florida by train, he reflects back on his obsession with this unknown and ultimately unknowable woman - his courtship of her, his marriage to her, and the unforgivable act that ripped their family apart.

Spanning three decades from 1899 to 1933, All He Ever Wanted gives us a tale of marriage, betrayal and the search for redemption. It has the unmatched attention to details of character, place and emotion that have made Anita Shreve one of the world's best-loved and bestselling novelists.


Etna is a woman operating under rigorous and agonising self-discipline. Volcanic passions exist beneath her submissive facade * JOANNE HARRIS * Etna is a woman operating under rigorous and agonising self-discipline. Volcanic passions exist beneath her submissive facade * JOANNE HARRIS * Fluent and purposeful in its portrayal of the despair and claustrophobia seething beneath an ordered surface * SUNDAY TIMES * Shreve is prolific, polished, unputdownable. Above all, she delivers serious topics with a readable touch * GUARDIAN * *'A painful tale of obsession . . . impeccably done * SUNDAY TIMES *

About the Author

Anita Shreve

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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Publication date

1st January 2004


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336 pages


Family Drama
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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