Body Surfing

Body Surfing

by Anita Shreve
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Body Surfing by Anita Shreve

"Always readable-sometimes compulsively so-Shreve's novels are typically emotionally resonant, nicely paced, and populated by memorable characters." -People

At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing, she has signed on to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage.

But when the Edwardses' two grown sons arrive at the beach house, Sydney finds herself caught up in a destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. As the brothers vie for her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt is threatened.

With the subtle wit, lyrical language, and brilliant insight into the human heart that has led her to be called "an author at one with her métier" (Miami Herald), Shreve weaves a novel about marriage, family, and the supreme courage it takes to love.

'shreve excels at nuance and detail. She skillfully illuminates the tiniest of moments, offering readers a peek at the complex undertones coursing through the characters throughout the story." -Rocky Mountain News

"There is something satisfyingly clean, well functioning, pale, and delicious about an Anita Shreve novel. . . . Shreve's characters, grappling with desire, juggling their shame against their regret, are entirely welcome." -Boston Globe

'shreve's writing is textured, reflective, and generally flows with ease, to the point where the reader may be surprised at how quickly the pages turn."-Newsday

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316730693
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 03/29/2007

About the Author

Anita Shreve is the author of A Wedding in December, Light on Snow, All He Ever Wanted, Sea Glass, The Last Time They Met, The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club, The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England's Orange prize, Strange Fits of Passion, Resistance, and Eden Close. She lives in Massachusetts.

Hometown:

New Hampshire; Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

1946

Education:

B.A., Tufts University

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Body Surfing 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
mj53 More than 1 year ago
Sydney is a kind, affectionate, beautiful, young lady whose first marriage ended in divorce and a seond marriage resulting in the untimely death of her husband. While trying to reestablish a new life, she starts by answering an ad from a wealthy family to become a tutor for a mentally challenged teenage girl, Julie, who lives in a New Hampshire coastal home with her proud mother and gentle father. Two older brothers, Ben and Jeff, both with absolute different interests and careers, join their sister and parents for a weekend visit and meet Julie's tutor. Both brothers have an intense desire to develop a relationship with the live-in tutor but each for a different reason. Unexpected events, including Julie's sudden disappearance, exposes the tumultuous relationship between the two brothers and the previously undisclosed dislike they have for one another. This book is about love, competition, jealousy, insecurities, forgiveness and diversity. Other books I have enjoyed by this author include "The Weight of Water" and "Sea Glass".
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Anita Shreve's books are hit or miss for me, but this is definately one of my favorites. I loved the setting, the protangonist, and the ending. This book really surprised me throughout; I was never quite sure where the author was going. I like being surprised at the end of a book, and this one didn't disappoint. I also really enjoyed Testimony, The Weight of Water, and Eden Close. It's interesting how several of the books take place in the same house, generations apart. You may also enjoy the novels of Alice Hoffman, including: The River King and Second Nature. Also, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was a touching novel.
PagesofComfort More than 1 year ago
I have to say, I was a little disappointed with this book. After reading Eden Close, I thought I would be in for another great read by Anita Shreve. The beginning was a little slow, but I kept reading to see if it would pick up and get more exciting. About halfway through the book, there was a little more going on, and I started to really like it. But then it just went back to a slow story line. It just didn't keep me really entertained like I was hoping. However, on that note, I still really love Anita Shreve's writing style. She describes things so eloquently that I can picture everything. When I read her books, they almost have a calming feel to the writing and I really enjoy that aspect!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Anita Shreve's writing so I looked forward to reading this book. The characters were disjointed, the story line was chaotic and so unrealistic. Just overall lacking in connection.
Becky-Books More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. The tone of the story, the details, everything was not nearly half as good as I had expected. The structure is very choppy - short choppy paragraphs that go back and forth from present time to the past without warning made for a difficult read. Also, scenese were not believable. e.g. The main character is playing in the ocean in the dark of the night when a hand touches her, but she doesn't know which of the two of her male companions it was. Between the waves and the darkness there is no way he could have done that so easily.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished in a day!! It kept my attention to whole way through. I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Anita Shreves books. Normally! Not this time. This little book was about nothing. I found it so boring. But, it was so short I did read all of it. The ending was so dumb, also. 188 pages isn't a novel, it's a story in a woman's magazine. Sorry, Anita
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It was a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems Anita Shreve cannot write a bad book At least that's my take on her after reading so many of her novels, and Body Surfing is no exception. What I like best is that her characters are often flawed, always human. Hers are not action stories, but rather insightful journeys into the emotional wells of her protagonists. It was hard to put this book down. Highly recommended.
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Just when i thought i had this chicklit figured out.....something unexpected. I love the characters in this book!!
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Pea70 More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day - just couldn't put it down. Anita Shreve never disappoints ... she writes in such a way that makes you feel like you are there, hovering above the scenes, watching them unfold. And just when you think things will coast along beautifully for a while, BAM!, she throws in a spin that you didn't see coming. Highly recommend!
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