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Body Surfing: A Novel | [Anita Shreve]

Body Surfing: A Novel

At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing, she has answered an ad to tutor the daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend the summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage. But when the Edwards' two grown sons 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 is threatened.
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Publisher's Summary

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. 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 is 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 m├ętier" (Miami Herald), Shreve weaves a novel about marriage, family, and the supreme courage that it takes to love.

©2007 Anita Shreve; (P)2007 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"[Shreve's] control is masterful, particularly in the sure-handed and compassionate aftermath." (Publishers Weekly)
"In simple yet eloquent style, Shreve portrays the arc of a complicated romantic relationship, from infatuation to betrayal. What's more, she builds in a palpable sense of suspense as well as a deep empathy for human frailty. The ever-skillful Shreve delivers yet another gripping read that will satisfy her many fans and earn her some new ones." (Booklist)

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 06-10-07
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 06-10-07 Member Since 2003

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    "Boring? Not!"

    Another stellar performance from Anita Shreve, who never dissappoints, with her incsiive insights into family relationships and rich, evocative sense of place.

    At first I found the music a little intrusive and ominous but then I gradually warmed to the concept as it mirrored the various heartbreaking dysfunctions throughout the story.

    A very sad tale of pain and loss but redemptive at the end. As I said it was heartbreaking but I stayed up nearly all night to finish.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Friendsville, TN, USA 07-31-07
    Kathleen Friendsville, TN, USA 07-31-07
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    "OK"

    not as gripping and complex as earlier Anita Shreve titles. She is usually one of my favorite authors. Quite predictable. I felt like she threw this together almost as an after thought. She even mentioned someone running the Boston Marathon "on a whim", obviously not researching it properly and finding that to enter Boston you must run a qualifying time in the previous 12 months....If you haven't read any of her previous work, download those before this one, they are all much better

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Phoenix, MD, USA 07-21-07
    Marilyn Phoenix, MD, USA 07-21-07 Member Since 2005
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    "A very good listen"

    Rather predictable but enjoyable. Interesting characters and the prose is very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda M. Schinstock Lincoln, NE 08-08-12
    Melinda M. Schinstock Lincoln, NE 08-08-12

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    "Narrator was too distracting"

    I'm not sure if I really actually hated this story, but I definitely couldn't stand the narrator. She kept switching voices/accents for different characters, but it was done at random and wasn't for any character in particular. She also over-emphasized words and mispronounced some words. On top of that, sometimes she would try to sound really young and sometimes she sounded really old, but it never really made sense for the character. She was just too distracting! I feel bad only giving the story 2 stars because it might have been better than that, but I really couldn't tell because I kept fast-forwarding to see if there was any point I'd be able to handle the narrator (I couldn't, she just kept getting worse).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Demetra Orofino, ID, United States 11-18-08
    Demetra Orofino, ID, United States 11-18-08 Member Since 2006
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    "easy listen"

    This was a nice, easy, mellow listen. The narrator was good, storyline kept me interested.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Monica signal mountain, TN, United States 09-04-07
    Monica signal mountain, TN, United States 09-04-07 Member Since 2007
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    "body surfing"

    great book. anita shreve is very descriptive in her writing style and the story keeps getting better as it progresses. I would definately recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Quechee, VT, United States 05-31-07
    Katherine Quechee, VT, United States 05-31-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Better off reading it"

    Anita Shreve writes wonderful books and I am sure that this is no exception. Listening to this narration however is torture. The narrator has a slight lisp that is terribly distracting

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    Connie Altadena, CA, United States 05-21-07
    Connie Altadena, CA, United States 05-21-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Exceptional as Usual"

    The modern day Edith Wharton does it again! The magical way she entwines the lives at the mansion on the New Hampshire shore makes her one of my very favorite authors. Fortunes Rocks is still my favorite, but I look forward to each of her new books with great anticipation and am never disappointed. Davidovitch does an excellent job as reader!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah E Macknik 07-09-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Light Read but Interesting"
    If you could sum up Body Surfing in three words, what would they be?

    Rebound becomes betrayal


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Body Surfing?

    The light bulb moment when the one brother realized he had been betrayed by his brother.


    Have you listened to any of Lolita Davidovich???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michele MINGO JUNCTION, OH, United States 09-18-09
    Michele MINGO JUNCTION, OH, United States 09-18-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Music intrusive, but overall, good."

    I enjoyed this book. Shreve writes beautifully. She has a very lyrical prose that is inherent in her writing. I found this story to be vastly better than the other Shreve novel I tried to read, Where or When. I couldn't finish that one, the story being so horrible. But Body Surfing moved along at a pretty good clip and I found the characters intriguing.

    In this audio recording, however, I found the music to be intrusive. i did not like that at all.

    Over all, a good purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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