The Weight of Water: A Novel by Anita Shreve

The Weight of Water: A Novel

byAnita Shreve

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Journeying to Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to shoot a photo essay about a century-old double murder, a photographer becomes absorbed by the crime and increasingly obsessed with jealousy over the idea that her husband is having an affair.

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Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts (just outside Boston), the eldest of three daughters. After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston. Anita Shreve is the author of the international bestseller "The Pilot's Wife", which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club, and of ...
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Title:The Weight of Water: A NovelFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 30, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316073512

ISBN - 13:9780316073516

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from riveting Well written and such a great story
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Weight of Water I am generally ambivalent about Anita Shreve's books. Usually, I really like parts of them but other parts - not so much. The Weight of Water is the same for me. Jean is a photojournalist on assignment to cover a 100 year old murder mystery that occurred on Smuttynose - an island off the coat of Maine. (I looked it up - this murder really occurred) Accompanying her are her husband, their small daughter, her brother-in-law and his girlfriend. Five people, occupying space on a small boat for an extended period of time - it magnifies any marital strain, any jealousy, any petty remarks. A storm is brewing. The novel bounces back and forth between Jean and her life and the occupants of a very small home on the island of Smuttynose. Maren and her husband are Norwegian immigrants who, 100 years ago, shared their home with his brother and sister-in-law, her sister and the occassional long-term boarder. Five people, occupying space in a very small home for an extended period of time - it magnifies any marital strain, any jealousy, any petty remarks. A storm is brewing. Because of the weather, the men who earn their living on the sea are unable to return home for the night. Jean discovers a document written by Maren on her deathbed detailing the accounts of the night when an axe murderer entered the house and brutally killed Maren's sister and her sister-in-law while Maren hid in a cave outside the house. The part of the book about the Norwegian settlers and the murders was extremely interesting. There has been speculation for the last 100 years whether the convicted murderer was indeed guilty. Shreve tells a compelling story in which she presents her version of the events leading up to the murders and what she feels happened. She paints a grim picture of the isolation of these women and the hardships of their daily lives. She also gives the women character and personality and I was interested in how they coped with their daily lives. Unfortunately, I did not feel the same way about the modern group. I did not find that any of these characters had been fleshed out to the point where I cared whether their lives were grim or glamorous. The book is worth reading, however, for the 'historical' portion of it.
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Riveting Read! Anita Shreve wrote this book amazingly! Both men and women can enjoy this read; there is excitement, mystery, passion, and suspence. The plot grabs you in the beginning and does let go until the end. The characters are very much real and you almost get to know them and feel what they are feeling. Historical events thread through the book, along with the plot of the actual characters; great for the history buff! I could not put it down, it is one of her best!!
Date published: 2001-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful/Excellent This novel was both Absorbing and Suspenseful all in one. I found it impossible not to keep turning the pages to see what would take place next. The ending was a great suprise to me. You will love this novel. Enjoy! I highly recommend this novel and also The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve.
Date published: 1999-09-13