Body Surfing

A Novel
By Anita Shreve (Mass Market, 2009)
At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing, 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's 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 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 metier" (Miami Herald), Shreve weaves a novel about marriage, family, and the supreme courage it takes to love.

At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing, 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's 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 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 metier" (Miami Herald), Shreve weaves a novel about marriage, family, and the supreme courage it takes to love.

Anita Shreve is the critically acclaimed author of twelve books, including 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.
  • "Shreve writes crisp, evocative sentences that can pierce like shards of fine glass." (Entertainment Weekly).

  • PRAISE FOR BODY SURFING:

    "A thoughtful, tightly woven meditation on marriage and mortality, family devotion and dysfunction, with subtle, skillful segues into class and religion." (USA Today).

  • "A dramatic domestic tale....Shreve's fans will not be disappointed." (Seattle Times).

  • "Once again Anita Shreve....delivers an elegant novel with betrayal at its core....An often lovely read." (New York Daily News).

  • (Library Journal).

Product Details

Body Surfing
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $7.99 US/$9.50 CAN
  • Pages: 320
  • Physical Dimensions: 4-3/16" x 6-3/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316036283
  • On Sale Date: 07/01/2009
Body Surfing

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