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The Pilot's Wife

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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.

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Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1999: With five novels to her credit, including the acclaimed The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve now offers a skillfully crafted exploration of the long reach of tragedy in The Pilot's Wife. News of Jack Lyons's fatal crash sends his wife into shock and emotional numbness:

Kathryn wished she could manage a coma. Instead, it seemed that quite the opposite had happened: She felt herself to be inside of a private weather system, one in which she was continuously tossed and buffeted by bits of news and information, sometimes chilled by thoughts of what lay immediately ahead, thawed by the kindness of others ... frequently drenched by memories that seemed to have no regard for circumstance or place, and then subjected to the nearly intolerable heat of reporters, photographers and curious on-lookers. It was a weather system with no logic, she had decided, no pattern, no progression, no form.
The situation becomes even more dire when the plane's black box is recovered, pinning responsibility for the crash on Jack. In an attempt to clear his name, Kathryn searches for any and all clues to the hours before the flight. Yet each discovery forces her to realize that she didn't know her husband of 16 years at all. Shreve's complex and highly convincing treatment of Kathryn's dilemma, coupled with intriguing minor characters and an expertly paced plot, makes The Pilot's Wife really take off.

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Praise for Anita Shreve's The Pilot's Wife

"Gripping. . . . A gentle romance and a tale of inner anguish. . . . You don't want to stop turning pages once Kathryn has opened her door." --Georgia Jones-Davis, Washington Post Book World

"Kathryn's emotional quest is masterfully rendered. . . . We go where Shreve leads because the writing is so sure." --Kate Callen, San Diego Union-Tribune

An absorbing, inventive tale rendered in fine, original prose. --Mike Snyder, Houston Chronicle

"Compulsively readable. . . . To create both sympathetic characters and an enticing plot is no small feat, but Shreve does it seamlessly. . . . Her characters' grief and disillusion are palpable, and their relationships are moving. . . . I'd recommend taking this book anywhere-except, perhaps, on a plane trip." --Susan Hubbard, Orlando Sentinel

"Highly readable. . . . Shreve is extremely skillful at showing the stages by which someone learns to live with the unthinkable." --Rebecca Radner, San Francisco Chronicle

"Enthralling. . . . Shreve's ear for the hazy dread of a tragedy's immediate aftermath is excellent. . . . She accumulates the details gradually and quietly, bringing to life the grief-stricken Kathryn and Mattie with fascinating exactitude." --Jelena Petrovic, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Shreve weaves a narrative that is part detective story and part interior monologue. . . . A thoughtful, often poignant novel." --Boston Magazine

"Oddly gripping." --Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The humanness of this novel, along with its attention to detail, makes this a provocative read. . . . While the story physically takes place in Ely, N.H., and extends to England and Ireland, there is much more exploration of a changing interior topogrpahy: the plateaus of normalcy, the valleys of sorrow, the vistas of strength. It is a story of a struggle to become self-reliant." --Angela Glaser, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"From cover to rapidly reached cover, The Pilot's Wife is beautifully plotted, tensely paced, and thoroughly absorbing." --Heller McAlpin, New York Newsday

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