The Weight of Water

The Weight of Water

by Anita Shreve
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The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

"I wonder this: If you take a woman and push her to the edge, how will she behave?" The question is posed by Jean, a photographer, who arrives on Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to research a century-old crime. As she immerses herself in the details of the case--an outburst of passion that resulted in the deaths of two women--Jean herself enters precarious emotional territory. The suspicion that her husband is having an affair burgeons into jealousy and distrust, and ultimately propels Jean to the verge of actions she had not known herself capable of--actions with horrific consequences. Everywhere hailed for its beauty and power, The Weight of Water takes us on an unforgettable journey through the furthest extremes of emotion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316780377
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/07/1998
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 181,275
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including A Change in Altitude, Testimony; her best-known book, The Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange prize. Her book Resistance was turned into a movie with the same name. She is a writer who combines seemingly effortless prose with riveting storytelling.

Hometown:

New Hampshire; Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

1946

Education:

B.A., Tufts University

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Weight of Water 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Grace_Wilde More than 1 year ago
This book is heavy, but any book that makes me feel more appreciative of my family and more aware of the experience I'm living this lifetime is worth reading. Completely heart wrenching and hard to put down. One of my favorite from Shreve - top three and I've read them all.
kmckeeve More than 1 year ago
I liked this book despite the emotional heaviness. It drew me in from the very start and was difficult to put down. The story and emotions stayed with me for days after I finished.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful, heart-wrenching, gripping story. The way the narration intertwines makes it even more intriguing and mesmerizing. The prose reads like poetry and this has become one of my favorite books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story that dipped from the present to the past, and excavated an old mystery - one that actually occurred.
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steveforbertfan More than 1 year ago
A nearly flawless novel. Contains all the elements necessary to make it a good easy read, but yet it is multi-layered and deep beyond imagining. The two stories being told at the same time adds to the drama and eventual climax which is somewhat expected yet unexpected. This is truly Shreve's crowning achievement.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Main character was selfish and unsympathetic, as well as irresponsible. Historical story was more engaging, but it just felt like too much work to slog through it all. Then with the expectedly "unexpected" twist at the end she lost me entirely - Main reaction was annoyance. Not a satisfying investment of time.
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One of the best stories ever! A must-read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Half way through this book, I knew I had made a mistake paying $10. This was the most confusing book I have ever read. Half the time I didn't know what time period the author was writing about. It was back and forth, back and forth. The past events were so intertwined with the present that I made no connection with any of the characters. What role did Adeline play other than her sexual relationship with Rich and flirting with Thomas? Jean and Thomas were so mismatched in their marriage, totally opposite personalities. The character of little Billie was the only thing that made this story bearable. Anita Shreve totally missed the mark on this book. What I fail to understand is all the raving reviews in the first few pages. Are they referring to this book!" Even if a book is not up to my style of writing, I'll still recommend it, but in this case I do not. This should be under the $5 and under book list.
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PumpkinKV More than 1 year ago
So during the Hurricane Irene, I thought let me pick up this book and start reading it. I belong to a book club and this was required. I tried 3X and I still could not get into it. I am sorry but I really have a tough time with this author.
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