All He Ever Wanted

by Anita Shreve

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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.

All He Ever Wanted Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9780349115580
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780349115580
Publication date: 1st January 2004
Author: Anita Shreve
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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 ...

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