Porté par une écriture toute en élégance et en finesse, un roman à la fois touchant et troublant qui nous plonge au coeur des rouages d´un triangle amoureux, dans une envoûtante maison du bord de mer, sur la splendide côte du New Hampshire.Dans le New Hampshire, de nos jours.
À vingt-neuf ans, Sydney est déjà divorcée et veuve. Pour reprendre pied, elle décide de répondre à la petite annonce des Edwards, un couple fortuné à la recherche d´un professeur particulier pour leur fille de dix-huit ans. Un poste qui l´amène à passer l´été dans leur magnifique maison sur la côte du New Hampshire.
Alors qu´elle prend peu à peu ses marques, les deux fils Edwards viennent passer une semaine à la villa. Ben est agent immobilier, Jeff est professeur d´université. Tous deux sont beaux, brillants, et surtout tous deux semblent fascinés par la jeune femme, qu´il entraînent dans de tumultueux bains de minuit...
Mais, au fur et à mesure des semaines, Sydney se retrouve prise au piège de relations marquées par les rivalités et les drames du passé. Et quand la lutte entre les deux frères pour obtenir ses faveurs menace de déchirer la famille, c´est tout le fragile équilibre que Sydney pensait avoir reconstruit qui risque de voler en éclats...
Dans les paysages enneigés du Massachusetts, un huis clos intense et envoûtant autour de sept amis réunis après plus de vingt ans. Une variation subtile et poignante sur les rendez-vous manqués, la difficulté de tout recommencer et les affres de la création, sublimée par l´attention extrême d´Anita Shreve aux moindres frémissements de l´âme humaine.Dans le Massachusetts, de nos jours.
Amoureux au lycée, puis séparés par la vie, Bill et Bridget se retrouvent vingt-sept ans plus tard, alors que les jours de Bridget sont comptés. Pour célébrer leur mariage, le couple choisit de réunir leurs anciens camarades. Après tant d´années, que reste-t-il de leur amitié ? Que rêvaient-ils d´être et que sont-ils devenus ? Quels secrets brûlent d´être dévoilés ou préféreraient rester enfouis ?
Ostentatoire dans sa réussite matérielle, Jerry arrive avec sa voiture de luxe, accompagné d´une épouse qui les frappe tous par sa froideur. Devenu un pianiste célèbre, Rob ne les surprend pas moins en affichant son homosexualité. Agnes, elle, n´ose pas leur avouer sa liaison avec l´un de leurs anciens professeurs marié, ni leur parler de ce roman qu´elle écrit, passionnément, pour lutter contre le silence que lui impose ses amours secrètes. Quant à Harrison, bien qu´il soit un père de famille comblé, il n´a jamais pu oublier Nora, dont il était follement amoureux au lycée, alors qu´elle était la petite amie d´un autre garçon de la bande, mort dans des circonstances tragiques...
Au fur et à mesure que les convives se redécouvrent et s´apprivoisent, les langues se délient et des frictions ne tardent pas à apparaître. À quoi sert de remuer ce qui ne peut être changé ? Quelles blessures les hantent depuis tant d´années, qui puissent encore venir les troubler ? Entre révélations, règlements de compte, culpabilité et pardon, chacun ressortira changé à jamais de cette confrontation avec le passé...
Peut-on protéger quelqu´un de lui-même ? Dans les beaux paysages verdoyants du Vermont, le portrait poignant et réaliste d´une famille brisée par l´alcoolisme de la mère et sauvée par l´amour fou d´un père pour sa fille. Un roman sur la fragilité, le pardon et notre responsabilité envers ceux que nous aimons.
Secouriste de profession, Webster passe ses nuits à sauver des vies. Un soir comme un autre, il porte secours à une jeune femme, complètement saoule, dont la voiture s´est encastrée dans un arbre. C´est le coup de foudre.
Sheila, jeune beauté fuyant un passé trouble, a besoin d´un chevalier servant qui s´occupe d´elle, un rôle que Webster est tout prêt à tenir. Tout les sépare, et pourtant... Quand elle tombe enceinte, Webster n´hésite pas à se lancer dans l´inconnu avec cette fille dont il ne sait presque rien. Mais les démons de Sheila guettent...
Dix-huit ans plus tard, Webster élève seul sa fille, Rowan. Ces derniers temps, l´adolescente se fait plus distante, plus secrète et rentre souvent ivre le soir. Fou d´inquiétude pour sa fille, prêt à tout pour la protéger, Webster va être forcé de faire appel à Sheila et de réveiller le passé...
0500 Telle la boîte de Pandore, la cassette, dont le contenu circule bientôt sur internet, va libérer les secrets d´une petite communauté apparemment sans histoire, entre mensonges, adultères, hypocrisies, jalousies, culpabilité...
La machine à broyer médiatique est en marche, n´épargnant personne, ni les adultes, ni les élèves, jusqu´au drame...0300À travers la chronique d´un scandale sexuel dans un collège huppé du Vermont, le portrait sombre et sans illusions d´une jeunesse livrée à l´alcoolisme, à la sexualité précoce et à la violence des images. D´une actualité brûlante, un roman coup de poing qui nous met face aux contradictions de notre société.
Telle la boîte de Pandore, la découverte de la vidéo, dont le contenu circule sur internet, va faire basculer l´existence d´une communauté sans histoire de la côte est, et révéler les secrets inavouables du passé. Mensonges, adultère, rivalités, jalousies, culpabilité...
Et lorsque la machine à broyer médiatique se mettra en marche, elle n´épargnera personne. Jusqu´à entraîner la mort d´un garçon... et ruiner au passage la vie des autres, les élèves, les parents et les professeurs.
At the age of twenty-nine, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to find her footing again, she has answered an advertisement to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage.
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 is threatened.
With the subtle wit, lyrical language, and brilliant insight into real emotion that has led her to be called 'a supremely elegant anatomist of the human heart' (The Times), Shreve weaves a story about risk, family, and the supreme courage that it takes to love.
At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voice -- those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal -- that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.
A gripping emotional drama with the pace of a thriller, Anita Shreve's Testimony explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.
When Linda Fallon and Thomas Janes meet at a writers' festival in Toronto, it is the first time they have seen each other for twenty-six years. Theirs is a story bound by the irresistible pull of true passion -- a love which begins in Massachusetts in the early 1960s, is rekindled in Kenya in the mid 1970s and which is about to play out its astonishing final episode . . . Written with reverse chronology, Anita Shreve's new novel is a haunting story of mesmerising beauty, with a strong narrative pull that inescapably draws the reader in, and leaves its most stunning revelation until the very last pages. Brilliantly ambitious and powerfully written, THE LAST TIME THEY MET is a tale not so much of life, but of a life not lived.
The year is 1929 and Honora Beecher and her husband, Sexton, are just settling into a new marriage and a cottage on the coast of New Hampshire. While Honora fixes up the derelict house and searches for bits of sea glass on the beach, Sexton risks everything they own to buy the house they both love. Along with millions of other Americans, he is blindsided by the stock market crash and finds himself penniless. The only work he can find is at a nearby mill, where a labour conflict is erupting into violence. Shaken by forces they scarcely understand, Honora and Sexton try to build a marriage and home while overwhelmed by passions of every kind.
Writing with the power and immediacy that have made her novels bestsellers, Shreve unfolds interlocking lives, each with its own share of love, loss and challenge. This is another gripping and unforgettable story of the human heart from one of the most accomplished novelists of our time.
At an inn in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, seven former schoolmates gather for a wedding. Nora, the owner of the inn, has recently had to reinvent her life following the death of her husband. Avery, who still hears echoes from a horrific event at Kidd Academy twenty-six years ago, has made a life for himself in Toronto with his wife and two sons. Agnes, now a history teacher at Kidd is a woman who longs to tell a secret she cannot reveal to the others, a secret that would stun them all. Bridget, the mother of a fifteen-year-old boy, has agreed to marry Bill, an old high school lover whom she has recently remet, despite uncertainties about her health and future. Indeed, it is Bill who passionately wants this wedding and who has brought everyone together for an astonishing weekend of revelation and recrimination, forgiveness and redemption.
This is Anita Shreve's most ambitious and moving novel to date, probing into human motivation with extraordinary grace and skill.
I watched my father run forward in his snowshoes the way one sometimes does in dreams, unable to make the legs move fast enough. I ran to the place where he knelt. I looked down into the sleeping bag. A tiny face gazed up at me, the eyes wide despite their many folds. The baby was wrapped in a bloody towel, and its lips were blue.' The events of a December afternoon on which a father and his daughter find an abandoned infant in the snow will forever alter eleven-year-old Nicky Dillon's understanding of the world which she is about to enter and the adults who inhabit it: a father who has taken great pains to remove himself from society in order to put behind him an unthinkable tragedy; a young woman who must live with the consequences of the terrible choices she has made; and a detective whose cleverness is superseded only by his sense of justice. Written from the point of view of thirty-year-old Nicky as she recalls the vivid images of that fateful December, hers is a tale of love and courage, of tragedy and redemption, and of the ways in which the human heart always seeks to heal itself.
On Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, more than a century ago, two Norwegian immigrant women were brutally murdered. A third woman survived by hiding in a cave until dawn. In 1995, Jean, a photographer, is sent on an assignment to shoot a photo essay about the legendary crime. Taking her extended family with her, Jean stays in a sailboat anchored off the coast, and finds herself gradually becoming more and more engrossed in the bay's mysterious and gruesome past. Wandering into a library one day, she unearths letters written by Maren, the sole survivor of the murder spree. Jean's fear of losing all that she cares about is reflected in Maren's poignant tale of love and loss, and her obsession with the ancient story drives her to wild impulsive action -- with unrecoverable consequences.
Who can guess what a woman will do when the unthinkable becomes her reality? From the bestselling author of THE WEIGHT OF WATER, this enormously gripping and powerfully wrought novel asks the questions we all have about ourselves and definitively places Anita Shreve among the ranks of the best novelists writing today.Being married to a pilot has taught Kathryn Lyons to be ready for emergencies, but nothing has prepared her for the late-night knock on her door and the news of her husband's fatal crash. As Kathryn struggles through her grief, she is forced to confront disturbing rumours about the man she loved and the life that she took for granted. Torn between her impulse to protect her husband's memory and her desire to know the truth, Kathryn sets off to find out if she ever really knew the man who was her husband. In her determination to test the truth of her marriage, she faces shocking revelations about the secrets a man can keep and the actions a woman is willing to take.
A young and successful journalist working in New York, Maureen English appears to have the perfect life and family. But Maureen's husband, a highly respected fellow reporter, has in private a tendency towards alcohol and violent abuse. When the situation at home becomes intolerable, Maureen takes her baby daughter and flees. In a Maine fishing town she assumes a new identity and spends six weeks battling sub-zero temperatures, the intrusive glare of the townsfolk - and her fears of discovery.
Against the force of the wintry sea- the cawing of the gulls, the lobstermen hauling their catch, the press of waves against the rocks - Maureen settles into the rhythms of a new life. Two married men pursue her, and one captures her heart. But this calming respite ends suddenly, leaving in its wake a murder, a rape charge, a suicide and a helpless child.
Nearly nineteen years later, a cache of documents regarding Maureen English - abused, accused and imprisoned - are given to her daughter by the journalist who made her name reporting the case. The truth should lie within them, but the papers raise far more questions than they answer...
When Charles Callahan chances on a newspaper photograph of Sian Richards, a woman he loved when they were both only thirteen, he is hardly in a position to do anything about it. He has been faithfully married for years and his Rhode Island real estate business has been hit hard by the recession. He is scrambling to stave off bankruptcy and save his house. But Charles cannot resist the hand of fate. He writes to Sian, now a poet living with a family of her own on a farm in upstate New York.
Three decades after they last saw each other, the two lovers meet. Powerfully drawn together once again, Charles and Sian are forced to come to terms with the nature of erotic love and betrayal, moral quandaries in an age of shifting values, and the elusive nature of time. Struggling to reclaim what once they lost, they set in motion a passionate and tumultuous series of events that moves to a shocking conclusion.
The reader is left to uncover the truth in this labryinth of a tale, a riveting story told within the framework of one reporter's notes and a woman's letters from prison. 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 New York with her infant daughter and seeks refuge in a small coastal town in Maine. The weeks pass slowly, and just as Maureen begins to heal physically and emotionally, Harrold finds her, bringing the story to a violent, unforgettable end.
A compelling tale of edgy, small-town emotions, lingering obsession, and romantic salvation.
Andrew, after many years, returns to his hometown to attend his mother's funeral. Planning to remain only a few days, he is drawn into the tragic legacy of his childhood friend and beautiful girl next door, Eden Close. An adopted child, Eden had learned to avoid the mother who did not want her and to please the father who did. She also aimed to please Andrew and his friends, first by being one of the boys and later by seducing them. Then one hot night, Andrew was awakened by gunshots and piercing screams from the next farm: Mr. Close had been killed and Eden blinded.
Now, seventeen years later, Andrew begins to uncover the grisly story - to unravel the layers of thwarted love between the husband, wife, and tormented girl. And as the truth about Eden's past comes to light, so too does Andrew's strange and binding attachment to her reveal itself.
'Long before Liane Moriarty was spinning her Big Little Lies, Shreve was spicing up domestic doings..She still is, as effectively as ever, this time with a narrative literally lit from within' New York Times
The brilliantly gripping new novel from the New York Times best-selling author of The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection).Hot breath on Grace's face. Claire is screaming, and Grace is on her feet. As she lifts her daughter, a wall of fire fills the window. Perhaps a quarter of a mile back, if even that. Where's Gene? Didn't he come home? 1947. Fires are racing along the coast of Maine after a summer-long drought, ravaging thousands of acres, causing unprecedented confusion and fear. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her difficult and unpredictable husband Gene joins the volunteers fighting to bring the fire under control. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, the women watch in horror as their houses go up in flames, then walk into the ocean as a last resort. They spend the night frantically trying to save their children. When dawn comes, they have miraculously survived, but their lives are forever changed: homeless, penniless, and left to face an uncertain future.As Grace awaits news of her husband's fate, she is thrust into a new world in which she must make a life on her own, beginning with absolutely nothing; she must find work, a home, a way to provide for her children. In the midst of devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms - joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain - and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens, and Grace's bravery is tested as never before.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
From the New York Times best-selling author of The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife (an Oprah's Book Club selection): an exquisitely suspenseful new novel about an extraordinary young woman tested by a catastrophic event and its devastating aftermath--based on the true story of the largest fire in Maine's history
In October 1947, after a summer long drought, fires break out all along the Maine coast from Bar Harbor to Kittery and are soon racing out of control from town to village. Five months pregnant, Grace Holland is left alone to protect her two toddlers when her husband, Gene, joins the volunteer firefighters. Along with her best friend, Rosie, and Rosie's two young children, Grace watches helplessly as their houses burn to the ground, the flames finally forcing them all into the ocean as a last resort. The women spend the night frantically protecting their children, and in the morning find their lives forever changed: homeless, penniless, awaiting news of their husbands' fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. In the midst of this devastating loss, Grace discovers glorious new freedoms--joys and triumphs she could never have expected her narrow life with Gene could contain--and her spirit soars. And then the unthinkable happens--and Grace's bravery is tested as never before.
What would you do if out of the blue, you received a letter from your first love? Siân Richards sees no reason why she can't write back to Charles Callahan. After all, it's been thirty years and they are both married with families. But when they decide to meet again, an innocent correspondence becomes a dangerous intimacy. Swept up in the past and consumed by an obsessive love, Charles and Siân risk everything to be together. A heart-wrenching, suspenseful story with an unforgettable conclusion, Where or When is also a 'thoughtful, beautifully written contemporary romance' (The Washington Post).