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Sea Glass: A Novel Paperback – January 21, 2003
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Anita Shreve is the author of several internationally bestselling novels: The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club; Eden Close; Strange Fits of Passion; Where or When; Resistance; The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for the prestigious Orange Prize; and Fortune's Rocks. She lives in New England
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Set in a New Hampshire mill town and the nearby coast just before and during the Great Depression, the novel follows several principals affected by the greed of the mill owners. This is typical Shreve territory described in her characteristic starkly beautiful prose. Impatient readers might give up on Shreve's painstaking preparation for the final half of the novel, but the rewards are worth the slow start.
Men might find this title more hospitable than other Shreve titles; her male characters here are strongly drawn and interesting. Although the women tend to be the unbreakable sea glass, the men drive the plot.
I recommend this book for readers of literary fiction and reading groups, the last because Shreve offers history, metaphor, and multidimensional issues - much to talk about. Pass on this if you are in the mood for a page-turner.