Synopses & Reviews
Enthusiastically embraced by critics, readers, and booksellers across the country, this powerful novel of obsession and betrayal became a word-of-mouth hardcover bestseller. Now The Weight of Water is poised to reach an even larger readership in trade paperback.
"I wonder this: If you take a woman and push her to the edge, how will she behave?" So muses Jean, a photographer, who in 1995 arrives on Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to research a legendary crime that took place more than a century earlier. As she immerses herself in the details of the case -- a fit of passion that resulted in the deaths of two women -- Jean herself becomes caught in the grip of an uncontrollable emotion. The suspicion that her husband is having an affair burgeons into jealousy and distrust, ultimately clouding Jean's senses and propelling her to the verge of actions she had not known herself capable of -- actions with horrific, irreversible consequences.
This tale of impossible love--told with the same narrative grace and keen eye for human emotion that have distinguished all of Anita Shreve's cherished bestsellers--leads us into a harrowing world where forbidden passions have catastrophic consequences.
In a Nazi-occupied Belgian village, Claire Daussois, the wife of a resistance worker, shelters a wounded American bomber pilot in a secret attic hideaway. As she nurses him back to health, Claire is drawn into an affair that seems strong enough to conquer all--until the brutal realities of war intrude, shattering every idea she ever had about love, trust, and betrayal.