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Strange Fits of Passion
Strange Fits of Passion
Author: Anita Shreve
Everyone believes that Maureen and Harrold English, two successful New York City journalists, have a happy, stable marriage. It's the early 70s and no one discusses or even suspects domestic abuse. But after Maureen suffers another brutal beating, she flees with her infant daughter to a coastal town in Maine. The weeks pass slowly, and just as M...  more »
ISBN: 56874
Pages: 342
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Publisher: Harcourt Brace
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 8
I've read a few Shreve novels, the first being The Pilot's wife, which was wonderful. I read a couple of others they were just "okay", but this is definitely a good one. It's pretty hard to read in places, it is about domestic abuse, but it also makes you ask yourself some tough questions - at least it did me. There are so many layers to life and to the choices we make - AND to the consequences of those choices. This is a very well written novel. It took me a bit to get into it, but once I was there, I was THERE. In the end, my heart ached mostly for Emily. For the unanswered question in her life, for everything she had been through. Interesting that she was such a small character, but was the one that left me with the most thoughts.
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Helpful Score: 5
Great read, different because each chapter is from a different character's point of view. I had to check to see that it was a fiction book because it read as a reporter gathering facts about the case.
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Helpful Score: 4
Another dynamite book by Anita Shreve, it's the story of a couple who appear from the outside to have a stable marriage when the exact opposite is actually true. The woman escapes with her daughter to a small town in Maine and tries to have a fresh start, but her husband continues to pursue her. Excellent book - I highly recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 4
Couldn't put this book down. Loved it. Great story with message that makes you think what you would do in that situation.
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Helpful Score: 4
I highly recommend this book! It is very insightful and moving! A must-read!
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