Rescue

A Novel
By Anita Shreve (Audiobook, 2010)
A rookie paramedic pulls a young woman alive from her totaled car, a first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma--streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes, fierce desires, and a never-look-back determination. Peter Webster, as straight an arrow as they come, falls for her instantly and entirely. Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair, married, and parents to a baby daughter. Like the crash that brought them together, it all happened so fast.



Can you ever really save another person? Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off track, and for the first time in their ordered existence together, Webster fears for her future. His work shows him daily every danger the world contains, how wrong everything can go in a second. All the love a father can give a daughter is suddenly not enough.



Sheila's sudden return may be a godsend--or it may be exactly the wrong moment for a lifetime of questions and anger and longing to surface anew. What tore a young family apart? Is there even worse damage ahead? The questions lifted up in Anita Shreve's utterly enthralling new novel are deep and lasting, and this is a novel that could only have been written by a master of the human heart.

A rookie paramedic pulls a young woman alive from her totaled car, a first rescue that begins a lifelong tangle of love and wreckage. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma--streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes, fierce desires, and a never-look-back determination. Peter Webster, as straight an arrow as they come, falls for her instantly and entirely. Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair, married, and parents to a baby daughter. Like the crash that brought them together, it all happened so fast.



Can you ever really save another person? Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off track, and for the first time in their ordered existence together, Webster fears for her future. His work shows him daily every danger the world contains, how wrong everything can go in a second. All the love a father can give a daughter is suddenly not enough.



Sheila's sudden return may be a godsend--or it may be exactly the wrong moment for a lifetime of questions and anger and longing to surface anew. What tore a young family apart? Is there even worse damage ahead? The questions lifted up in Anita Shreve's utterly enthralling new novel are deep and lasting, and this is a novel that could only have been written by a master of the human heart.

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 15 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

  • PRAISE FOR A CHANGE IN ALTITUDE:

    "Visual and sharply focused....Shreve knows how to keep a reader engaged." (Washington Post).

  • "Prepare to cancel all your appointments as you race through this dramatic saga....Enthralling. The mountains Margaret must climb--literally, and figuratively--are difficult ones. Readers will be eager to learn if she successfully scales the peak." (Bookpage).

  • PRAISE FOR TESTIMONY:

    "Shreve, consummate craftsman and frequent provocateur, is on fire in her latest novel, a mesmerizing read centering on a sex scandal at a prestigious Vermont prep school....Shreve views all of the characters, even the most flawed, with a good deal of compassion, revealing the heartbreaking consequences of a single reckless act." (Booklist).

  • "A fine example of how audio can occasionally transcend print..." (Library Journal on Testimony).

  • "Testimony is deeply personal, taking the reader inside the minds of everyone involved....It's an ambitious narrative technique, but Shreve nails it and makes you understand and even sympathize with everyone involved.  Just read one chapter about Silas...and try not to shed a tear....About as raw as a piece of fiction can get." (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "Shreve seamlessly weaves the 'testimony' of some twenty characters affected by the event, unveiling layers of secrets.....A chilling portrait of how bad decisions in brief moments can ruin lives." (People).

Product Details

Rescue
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $29.98 US/$33.98 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 450
  • ISBN-13: 9781607886723
  • On Sale Date: 11/30/2010
Rescue

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Rescue