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Subject: Anita Shreve - thoughts on her?
Date Posted: 7/20/2007 11:04 AM ET
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i have several anita shreve books on my bookshelf, as well as my tbr pile.  i havent ever read a book by her, believe it or not!  i always think they look so interesting and will be great reads, but then another book on my shelf pops out at me and i grab that instead.  i think one of the things that draws me to her is that i am from boston (am currently living in florida though) and most of her stories are about the new england area. 

anyway, i just think it is funny that i keep ordering and buying her books.  lol.  any thoughts on her?  do you like her style of writing?  the stories themselves?  have you read much by her?  what are your favorites? 

i would love any input on this!  i should just read one of hers next and then i would know about the other 5 or 6 that are on my shelf (either listed or tbr).   :)


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Date Posted: 7/20/2007 12:44 PM ET
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It's funny you post this because until recently (just this week) I was the same, tons of her books on my tbr pile and had not read her.  I read The Pilot's Wife and really enjoyed the book.  I couldn't put it down.  Now I feel the urge to dive into the others.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.  I don't know if you have the Pilot's Wife or not, but that would be a good place to start.



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Date Posted: 7/21/2007 6:27 PM ET
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Pilot's Wife, The Weight of Water, Fortunes Rocks, Sea Glass were very good.

Light on Snow and A Wedding in December were disappointing to me.  No depth.

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Date Posted: 7/21/2007 7:33 PM ET
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Heather, I have done the same thing!  I have a couple on my Mt. TBR and keep pushing them back down in favor of other books!!

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Date Posted: 7/21/2007 10:44 PM ET
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hmm, ok, i will have to start one next...  and i will report back!  :)

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Date Posted: 7/22/2007 11:21 AM ET
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The only Anita Shreve I really liked was the Pilots Wife, any onther I read of hers were a bit disappointing.  Hopefully her new one is good bc I have it wishlisted!

Anyone read her newest one yet?

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Date Posted: 7/22/2007 4:29 PM ET
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I like Anita Shreve alot. She's one of my top favorite authors.  Here's another thread about her

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Date Posted: 7/25/2007 3:16 PM ET
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As a former international  flight attendant, I  found the novel THE PILOTS WIFE very  engrossing!   The author did an amazing job in the unraveling of a secret life as well as exploring the well do we really know our spouses!?

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Date Posted: 7/26/2007 9:15 PM ET
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I just finished her newest book "Body Surfing" and absolutely loved it!  I couldn't put it down until I finished it.  Now I am going backwards to read all her other books that I haven't read yet.  Currently I'm on "Sea Glass", and then I will read "Pilot's Wife" next.  She has a wonderful way with words. 

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Date Posted: 7/27/2007 8:09 PM ET
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I really liked Sea Glass, The Pilot's Wife was just OK, IMO.

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Date Posted: 7/27/2007 9:11 PM ET
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I have Light On Snow in my TBR pile...  haven't read anything else by her yet, but she seems like someone I would like.

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Date Posted: 9/30/2008 6:03 PM ET
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That is so funny that this thread was started.  I too have had the same problem! 

I find myself drawn to Anita Shreve books, and I have some on my TBR shelf and I keep looking at them and want to grab one and go for it....I'm just gonna do it!

As soon as I am done with the 3 books I have's on!  Let ya know what I think of them!  Happy Reading!


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Date Posted: 9/30/2008 6:10 PM ET
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I really liked The Pilot's Wife, I  thought it was well written and an engaging story.  The Weight of Water was so horrible, it really turned me off of her.  Having said that, though, I find that I do look at her books and keep thinking of jumping back in to read some of her books.  It should come with a meter, though - more like TPW or more like WoW

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Date Posted: 10/1/2008 12:35 AM ET
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I really enjoyed The Pilot's Wife, so I got many others.  I loved The Weight of Water.  And Fortune's Rocks.  Then I read a couple more and went huh?  What happened to her?  Then I read probably the first book she ever wrote, a mystery I think.  Can't recall the name or much of the story, but it was more of a genre book.  I just became so disappointed and bored by her writing that I posted everything, those read and loved, and those unread.  I won't read anything else she writes.

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Date Posted: 10/1/2008 9:02 PM ET
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The first book I read by her was Pilots Wife and loved it.  I then tried to read Weight of Water and hated it. 

I have read others by her that I enjoyed like Sea Glass and Light on Snow.  I would say that I am a fan of hers but I like only about 50% of her books.  Each book brings a different writing style and topic but not always ones I enjoy.

Having said that, I will always pick up one of her books to read.  The ones I have enjoyed I have REALLY enjoyed so I figure I have to give her a chance.

Does anyone know if she is coming out with any new books soon?

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Date Posted: 10/1/2008 10:47 PM ET
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I thought The Pilot's Wife was okay. The one that really turned me off ever reading Shreve again was All He Ever Wanted. Very hard to like, one-dimensional characters and the plot was slow and tedious IMHO. I also read The Last Time They Met and did not care for that one either.

The one of hers that I did like was Light on Snow :-)


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Date Posted: 10/2/2008 1:00 AM ET
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I have only read Eden Close (which is on my bookshelf if anyone is interested) and thought it was a good read, interessting. However, I don't know if it was enough to get me to read anymore of her books, unless I find one that really catches my eye.

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Date Posted: 10/2/2008 11:07 AM ET
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The WEIGHT OF WATER was compelling and "hard to put down," but I didn't enjoy it very much....hard to explain.  The ending was horrible.

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Date Posted: 10/2/2008 11:33 AM ET
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Me too!  I have been collecting her books for Mt. TBR but have not read them yet!

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