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    • ISBN:9780349140841
    • Publication date:27 Nov 2014

The Weight Of Water

By Anita Shreve

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A fascinating tale of obsessive love, hidden motivations and the endless resonance of guilt. Shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 1998.

On Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, more than a century ago, two Norwegian immigrant women were brutally murdered. A third woman survived by hiding in a cave until dawn. In 1995, Jean, a photographer, is sent on an assignment to shoot a photo essay about the legendary crime. Taking her extended family with her, Jean stays in a sailboat anchored off the coast, and finds herself gradually becoming more and more engrossed in the bay's mysterious and gruesome past. Wandering into a library one day, she unearths letters written by Maren, the sole survivor of the murder spree. Jean's fear of losing all that she cares about is reflected in Maren's poignant tale of love and loss, and her obsession with the ancient story drives her to wild impulsive action -- with unrecoverable consequences.

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9780349109114
  • Publication date: 14 May 1998
  • Page count: 256
  • Imprint: Abacus
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'Rich, sensual prose.subtle and disturbing' - Rosellen Brown
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'An accomplished and intense psychological thriller.' OPTIONS
'Her prose is controlled and luminous.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
'A cuticle-destroying thriller.' THE TIMES
'Anita Shreve writes with great sensitivity, describing events and landscapes so that one can see them. She has done scrupulous research into details of wartime life. This is a novel to admire.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
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
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