Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Another Hit for Anita

Anita Shreve's newest release, Body Surfing, will not disappoint her many fans. Shreve has a remarkable way of telling a story. Her prose is not flowery or fancy. She just tells it like it is. This character did that. That character thought this. The effect is amazing--a truly sensitive and subtle rendering of real life. You CARE about the characters. You sigh and gasp and smile. And the house that has popped up in many of her books--The Pilot's Wife, Fortune's Rock, etc.--is a major part of the story. Although set in a beach house, it is not a typical "beach read," but it's a winner.