Rescue

A Novel
By Anita Shreve (Trade Paperback, 2011)
Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman out of a car wreck that should have killed her. Sheila Arsenault haunts his thoughts, and despite his misgivings Peter is soon embroiled in an intense love affair--and in Sheila's troubled world.

Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off course, and for the first time in their quiet life together Peter fears for her future. He seeks out the only person who may be able to help Rowan, although Sheila's return is sure to unleash all the questions he has carefully been keeping at bay: Why did a mother leave her family? How did the marriage of two people so deeply in love unravel?

A story about trespass and forgiveness, secrets and the seismic force of the truth, Rescue is a masterful portrayal of a family trying to understand its fractured past and begin again.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316020732

    • On Sale Date: 06/27/2011

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Audiobook, Audiobook, Electronic Book, Audiobook

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Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman out of a car wreck that should have killed her. Sheila Arsenault haunts his thoughts, and despite his misgivings Peter is soon embroiled in an intense love affair--and in Sheila's troubled world.

Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off course, and for the first time in their quiet life together Peter fears for her future. He seeks out the only person who may be able to help Rowan, although Sheila's return is sure to unleash all the questions he has carefully been keeping at bay: Why did a mother leave her family? How did the marriage of two people so deeply in love unravel?

A story about trespass and forgiveness, secrets and the seismic force of the truth, Rescue is a masterful portrayal of a family trying to understand its fractured past and begin again.

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 14 previous novels, including A Change in Altitude; Testimony; 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.

  • Rescue by Anita Shreve

  • "Is there a more deft storyteller around than Anita Shreve? Rescue is by turns harrowing and heartfelt." (Richard Russo, author of That Old Cape Magic).

  • "A compassionate, perceptive, uncommonly moving tale of a family shattered and redeemed. Rescue picks you up by the scruff of the neck and refuses to let you go." (Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra: A Life).

  • "A beautiful novel about the limits of forgiveness and the fragility of family. Pitch-perfect all the way to the final line." (Dennis Lehane, author of Moonlight Mile).

  • "With taut, evocative prose, Anita Shreve takes us deeply into a single father's love for his daughter. His profession is rescuing strangers from serious harm, but what if those closest to him are beyond rescue? This engrossing novel forces its flesh-and-blood characters, and us, to live through this compelling and haunting question, one whose answer leads to a most universal place, the human heart." (Andre Dubus III, author of The Garden of Last Days).

  • "Rescue has everything a reader could want. It's a literary page-turner with gorgeous writing, layered characters, a gripping story. No one is better than Shreve at mapping the emotional intersections of families--that place where tension, suspense, inevitability, and love collide and take our breath away. I adore this book!" (Mameve Medwed, author of Of Men and Their Mothers).

  • "This book is why I love Anita Shreve: her prose is so flawlessly disciplined and elegant, the characters seem too real to be made out of words, and the story she unfolds is gripping, fiercely intelligent, and deeply moving. Rescue is a literary novel for those ruled by the heart." (Augusten Burroughs, author of You Better Not Cry).

Product Details

Rescue
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN
  • Pages: 320
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316020732
  • On Sale Date: 06/27/2011
Rescue