The Weight Of Water: A Novel by Anita ShreveThe Weight Of Water: A Novel by Anita Shreve

The Weight Of Water: A Novel

byAnita Shreve

Paperback | January 7, 1998

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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.
Anita Shreve is the critically acclaimed author of twelve previous books, includingA Wedding in December, The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oparh's Book Club, andThe Weight of Water,which was a finalist for England's Orange Prize. She Lives in Massachusetts.
Title:The Weight Of Water: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.62 × 0.75 inPublished:January 7, 1998Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316780375

ISBN - 13:9780316780377

Appropriate for ages: 13

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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

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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.