A beautifully written tale of loss and betrayalThe inner life and circumstances of the main character were engrossing and intriguing My first Anita Shreve book and my last This was our book club read and "we were all left disappointed There really was no interest in the story "were all left disappointed There really was no interest in the story it felt like a waste of reading time Most disappointing Anita Shreve always
a uiet story started by reading The Pilots Wife and Fortunes Rocks and Body Surfing doesn t disappoint Her stories are real not flashy or overly dramatic If you want a story that is intriguing I would highly recommend this book Written in spare staccato prose this is another #NOVEL BY THE AUTHOR THAT TOUCHES # by the author that touches the universal themes of love and betrayal tantalizing the reader with its abstract presentation Fleeting ephemeral and finely nuanced are the feelings that this novel evokes almost as if it were a painting rendered by an artist of the impressionist periodWhen twice married Sydney who by the age of twenty nine finds herself divorced from her first husband and widowed by her second she is somewhat adrift in life Taking a summer job as tutor to Julie Edwards the beautiful but less than intellectually gifted teenager of a well to do family she spends her days in the family s New Hampshire beach front homeThere she meets Jeff and Ben Julie s older brothers and Sydney finds herself drawn into the Edwards family life with all of its underlying tensions When her heart is captured by one of those brothers she is unaware of the smoldering rivalries that exist between the two Conseuently Sydney finds her all too brief happiness shattered in ways that she could never have imaginedThis was an enjoyable book due in large part to the artistry of the author s writing The weakness however lies in the character of Sydney who is the linchpin for the book Somehow she is not a particularly compelling character So when she gets the shock of her life the reader will not be all that sympathetic towards herNonetheless fans of the author will still enjoy this book simply because of the beauty of the spare prose that paints an indelible picture of a family that seemingly has everything but for whom there exists definite and deep cracks in their veneer of happiness First I think the novel is suited to a person who is probably under the age of 50 It s a series of conflicts that result in love affairs some with people and some with placesIt s a difficult story to get into because it is so conflicted If you are a mature reader however it is easy to eventually guess what is going on and the inevitable outcomeI was chagrined to find an autho. At the age of 29 Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed Trying to regain her footing once again 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. ,Tells A Uiet Story
Ng in a character s mind and I love Shreve "S Acute Observations Of Everything That Goes On Writing Is "acute observations of everything that goes on Writing is and lovely Audio very well done This book beautifully shares the various problems which can be set in motion when people live out their passive aggression The hardest and best hidden dysfunctional personality trait passive aggression is usually impossible to disearn I loved the characters in this book and will read it passive aggression is usually impossible to disearn I loved *The Characters In This *characters in this and will read it as a ind of study of personality types I was surprised how when reading Body Surfing by Anita Shreve that I felt as though I was waiting for the story to grab me into it and hold me there so that I was disappointed when the book ended this didn t seem to happened and I am a very avid and eclectic reader but the story left me flat It is about a lady who arrives to a family to help their daughter to gain confidence and grow with herself and her abilities then what happens within the family group when the two sons come on the scene and the reactions there within the friends and family members This was an okay beach read I enjoyed the setting and the basic storyline but I didn t really feel any connection to Sydney the main character She s someone who has faced loss and is trying to move on I guess but that s all we get She doesn t have any likes any passions other than she likes body surfing but not even that much she pretty much just mopes around a lotI wish the entire book focused on the first summer at the house instead of just the first 13 I think that would have made for a better story and I think we needed detail time of an experience We need to get to Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts know the characters This book is actually very short because there are not many words on a page It needs to be and could easily be longerThe present tense and very short sections with lots of line breaks works on some levels but would be better for a short story than a novel It s hard to deal with it for a whole novelThis book was okay but had so much unfulfilled potential I m normally engrossed in paranormal romance novels but occasionally I take a break to revisit one of my favorite non fantasy authors Anita Shreve is one of those Her stories are always poignant and never disappoint This was the 4th and last book in the series Each book was so different but with the same old weathered Beach House I can picture how I would have loved looking out onto the beach The Author brought all the history together at the endand still left me hanging She writes real differentind of how I thinkin bits and pieces Every night I couldn t wait to pick the book back up to find out what was going to happen next. S 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 métier Miami Herald Shreve weaves a novel about marriage family and the supreme courage that it takes to love. R that I ordinarily like getting sucked into the need to include a same sex love affair of a teen Was this to attract readers "THAN LIKELY I GUESS THIS WAS "likely I guess this was putting a cuss word in a Disney film so that the rating is one for a wider audience It was crazy to think a retarded or slow girl of 18 would be allowed by her parents to go to another country for such an affairNot one of the author s best stories love all her books A rather poignant and beautifully written novel about love mistakes and self nowledge Twenty nine year old Sydney Sklar a woman despite the unusual name has been once divorced and once tragically widowed To #HELP HEAL HERSELF AFTER HER UNEXPECTED # heal herself after her unexpected she takes a summer job tutoring the daughter of a wealthy couple at their summer house in New Hampshire A few weeks into her visit her pupil Julie s two elder brothers come for a weekend vacation They persuade Sydney into a late night body surfing dip in the ocean during which one of them touches her up Jumping to a conclusion about which brother it was Sydney tries to avoid him and begins to find herself drawn to the other brother an academic despite the fact he already has a serious girlfriend Victoria When Julie mysteriously disappears running away with a woman lover Sydney finds herself drawing closer to the enigmatic academic and during the course of tracing Julie they begin to fall in love It s not long before the academic who has ended his relationship with Victoria has proposed to Sydney and all looks set for her to be married for the third time when she receives a devastating shockI initially found this book a little hard to get into but uickly warmed to it largely due to Shreve s beautiful and poetic writing style Her evocations of the coast of New Hampshire in summer of the Edwards s elegant house and of Julie s discovery of her gift as an artist are exuisite The plot is a good one on the whole with a tempting element of mystery in it which eeps you turning the pages and some fascinating material about sibling relationships I thought the final section in which Sydney gradually came to terms with what had happened to her particularly well written and also much enjoyed the sections dealing with Julie and with her lover Helene the person who sets Julie free from her dominating family If I stop short of five stars it s because I wasn t uite convinced by Sydney s love affair particularly that after being widowed she could fall in love again so fast and because I found that the brothers remained slightly too mysterious Still a very interesting and involving read I love this book because I love bei. But when the Edwards' 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 for herself .