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Body Surfing: A Novel

by Anita Shreve

Little, Brown and Company US | September 21, 2011 | Trade Paperback

Body Surfing: A Novel is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5.
At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing once again, she has answered an ad 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 Edwards'' two grown sons, Ben and Jeff, 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 for herself 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 that it takes to love.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.5 × 6.32 × 1 in

Published: September 21, 2011

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316059854

ISBN - 13: 9780316059855

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good... An interesting read - only at the end do you really realize what happened to everyone, which I loved. Adult characters that are flawed and make mistakes.
Date published: 2010-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected More The book was ok but I expected more from this author after reading another book by her...
Date published: 2010-03-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Tutoring Triangle Sydney is a private tutor for Julie. When she meets Julies older brothers, Jeff and Ben, Sydney's world changes rapidly. However the plot thickens as deceit and jealousy appear in her new family. I'm not usually a fan of books written in the present tense, but the story concept for this one kept me intrigued enough to keep reading. Also, I will not spoil a story by giving specifics, however I will say that the ending on this one felt weak and left a lot of questions.
Date published: 2010-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Loved the characters and the twists and turns the story takes. Definitely makes you question "first impressions"
Date published: 2010-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner This is the first of Anita Shreve's books that I have read, but it was fantastic! The house that is apparently a character of its own in all of her books got my attention from the get go. The love triangle that unfolds is amazing and definitely gives you a twist near the end. I have and will continue to recommend this book to my friends!
Date published: 2009-07-28

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Body Surfing: A Novel

by Anita Shreve

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 9.5 × 6.32 × 1 in

Published: September 21, 2011

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316059854

ISBN - 13: 9780316059855

From the Publisher

At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing once again, she has answered an ad 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 Edwards'' two grown sons, Ben and Jeff, 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 for herself 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 that it takes to love.

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.