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The Opposite Shore Mass Market Paperback – June 7, 2005


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (June 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451215567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451215567
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stahl doesn't allow her protagonists to slip into an easy happy ending. -- Publishers Weekly

Stahl reminds us that life-and what one makes of it-is in the details. -- Jodi Picoult

About the Author

Maryanne Stahl, a former college English teacher and native New Yorker, lives with her husband and son near Atlanta, where she is an artist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By susan_d on July 28, 2004
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Out for a sail aboard the family boat, the Ariel, on Memorial Day, one family's life is about to take a disastrous turn.

Rose, an aspiring painter, and William are the proud and happy parents of sixteen year old Miranda. Anna is Rose's sister and best friend, a pal to Miranda, an avid sailor herself, and close to William. They seem content.

However, when Rose goes home early, leaving William and Anna to close up the boat for the evening, she gets life-altering news. A painting of hers has been accepted in an upcoming gallery showing - her first big break. Flushed with excitement, she races back to the boat to share her exciting news. There, she finds her husband and her sister kissing. Immediately, everyone's world explodes. Betrayed and angry, Rose throws William out, cuts Anna from her life, and moves with her daughter for the rest of the summer to Shelter Island.

Stahl's writing is evocative and vivid. She brings Shelter Island to sparkling life while delving deeply into all four of these richly complex characters. This could be simple, it could devolve into melodrama. But instead Stahl mines this material in an honest and realistic way. Everyone has their flaws, and as they each struggle with their decisions and actions, the summer unwinds with rising tension and uncertainty. These relationships and people are so well rendered, along with the setting, that the reader is sucked into their world and understands, and often sympathizes, with their current situation.

Stahl apparently got the spark of inspiration for this book from Shakespeare's The Tempest. But this isn't a re-write. And though the jumping point for the plot is a betrayal, these characters sing with life, hopes, and frustrations. They are unique voices, though wholly understandable. And Stahl illuminates this world, unafraid to peek into the darker corners, all the way through to the satisfying conclusion.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Olivas on December 4, 2003
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In her second novel, "The Opposite Shore," Maryanne Stahl sets up a truly calamitous scenario: Rose discovers her husband and her sister in a romantic embrace. Thrown into the mix is Rose's teenage daughter who falls in love for the first time. Though such a set up could easily lead to soap opera cliche, Stahl's great skill never allows this to happen. Her characters are real and their reactions authentic. Stahl also has a great gift for description particularly of Shelter Island where much of the novel takes place. Indeed, at times I felt as though I were watching a movie: the characters, their actions and surroundings all felt so true and without contrivance. This is a beautiful, powerful novel that raises as many questions about love and forgiveness as it answers.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Flye on November 29, 2003
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Maryanne Stahl uses the betrayal of husband and sister to launch Rose on a journey of self discovery that causes her to confront past pain as well as her relationships with her teen-age daughter and her sister. Stahl's breathtaking descriptions of Shelter Island form an excellent background for Rose's budding artistic career. Forming an effective counterpoint to Rose's journey is the stalled life of William and Anna, the husband and sister who must come to terms with the painful betrayal they've inflicted on Rose. The Opposite Shore is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to explore the relationships between men and women, sisters, or mothers and daughters.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 2, 2011
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Okay, this story starts out with Rose winning an art exhibit for her paintings, excited she runs back to the family boat and catches her husband making out with her sister. And the story really goes downhill from there. Basically Anna, the sister "gave" William to Rose 15-16 years ago because he was Anna's professor in college. And now Anna feels she is "mature" enough to handle him in a relationship. Excuse me? WTF? Rose does the only thing she can do and takes her sullen teenage daughter and goes to a remote island to think. Meanwhile, William and Anna "fight" their relationship and by "fight" I mean have several steamy interludes that don't end in sex, but come pretty close to it. So Rose decides to give William back to her sister since she's the mature one and everyone lives happily ever after. If this review didn't make sense, it should to all the positive reviewers out there because I wrote it just like the novel. Hopefully Amazon won't delete this one like they did the last review I left for this book.
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