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"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.

Review:

"With the skill of a master shipbuilder, Shreve carefully fits her two stories together, tacking back and forth between the increasingly twisted murder mystery and the escalating tensions unleashed by the threat of a dangerous shipboard romance. Written with assurance and grace, plangent with foreboding and a taut sense of inexorability, The Weight of Water is a powerfully compelling tale of passion, a provocative and disturbing meditation on the nature of love." Publishers Weekly

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"Shreve...moves the action along deftly...the level of writing is far above the typical best-seller treatment of similar themes." Library Journal

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"Shreve, an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, has crafted a tour de force that will beguile readers with its depth, passion, and power....Shreve's story is at once powerfully affecting and indescribably sorrowful, exploring the tenuous nature of happiness, the frailty of the human psyche, and the catastrophe of unthinking impulse. A masterfully written, riveting must-have for all collections." Booklist

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"Shreve (Resistance, 1995, etc.) deftly juxtaposes a strained modern marriage and a century-old double murder....[A] highly readable yarn and a complex, convincing exploration of the ramifications of jealousy." Kirkus Reviews

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Enthusiastically embraced by critics, readers, and booksellers across the country, this powerful novel of obsession and betrayal is now available in paperback. When a photographer researches a legendary crime that took place a century earlier, she immerses herself in the details of the case — and finds herself caught in the grip of an uncontrollable emotion.

About the Author

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 16 previous novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude; Testimony; 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. She lives in Massachusetts.

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Suzanne Oxford, September 21, 2013 (view all comments by Suzanne Oxford)
This book explores the lives of 2 different women. Jean is a modern-day photographer and journalist who goes to Smuttynose Island to do research on a crime of murder which took place more than 100 years ago. Upon discovering some new material in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, there are more questions than answers as to what really happened on the island many years ago. Shreve does an excellent job of exploring the lives of these two women, as only she can. Through subtle language and descriptions, she examines themes of jealousy, adultery, betrayal and loss. We are taken back to Norway in the mid-1800's, when Maren and Evan are just children, how she grew into a young woman, married John Hontvedt and traveled to live in America. For all the ensuing disappointment with her life, she believes that she and Evan would have been better off if they had both drowned at Hakon's Inlet near their home. Jean too has had her share of disappointment with her life and thus can relate to Maren. This is a fascinating story full of twists and turns. Just when the reader thinks he has figured out the outcome, Shreve throws them a curve.

Don't start this book unless you have plenty of time to read. I was haunted and mesmerized by the ending long after I read the last page.
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DL, April 12, 2011 (view all comments by DL)
If I only had one word to describe this story it would be "Powerful"... Absolutely loved it... beginning to end. A complex tale of two women in two different centuries dealing with real life stress. In trying to decide if I might like this story, I started reading the first page.. next thing I knew I was on page 17. Couldn't put it down. Anita Shreve has such a beautiful way of weaving a very tangled web..Fans of Anita Shreve's work won't want to miss this one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316780377
Author:
Shreve, Anita
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Location:
Boston, Mass. :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Murder
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Women journalists
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Back Bay paperback ed.
Series Volume:
87-2
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
270
Dimensions:
8.17x5.48x.79 in. .59 lbs.

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Product details 270 pages Little Brown and Company - English 9780316780377 Reviews:
"Review" by , "With the skill of a master shipbuilder, Shreve carefully fits her two stories together, tacking back and forth between the increasingly twisted murder mystery and the escalating tensions unleashed by the threat of a dangerous shipboard romance. Written with assurance and grace, plangent with foreboding and a taut sense of inexorability, The Weight of Water is a powerfully compelling tale of passion, a provocative and disturbing meditation on the nature of love."
"Review" by , "Shreve...moves the action along deftly...the level of writing is far above the typical best-seller treatment of similar themes."
"Review" by , "Shreve, an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction, has crafted a tour de force that will beguile readers with its depth, passion, and power....Shreve's story is at once powerfully affecting and indescribably sorrowful, exploring the tenuous nature of happiness, the frailty of the human psyche, and the catastrophe of unthinking impulse. A masterfully written, riveting must-have for all collections."
"Review" by , "Shreve (Resistance, 1995, etc.) deftly juxtaposes a strained modern marriage and a century-old double murder....[A] highly readable yarn and a complex, convincing exploration of the ramifications of jealousy."
"Synopsis" by , Enthusiastically embraced by critics, readers, and booksellers across the country, this powerful novel of obsession and betrayal is now available in paperback. When a photographer researches a legendary crime that took place a century earlier, she immerses herself in the details of the case — and finds herself caught in the grip of an uncontrollable emotion.
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