by Anita Shreve
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Anita Shreve is one of those authors who I love to pick up and ponder over in the bookshop. I love to buy her books and have them sitting waiting to be read. But for no good reason it seems to take me ages to get around to actually reading the books. It feels like the books will be work to read. I don’t know where I get this from because when I do eventually pick the books up to read I find them absorbing and fascinating reads. This one was no exception.
I was surprised to find the story set in exactly the same place as Fortune’s Rocks was, but it was lovely to revisit the place in a different time. In this case the time is around about the time of the Wall Street Crash of 1929. The story is told by switching between characters; initially few of them know each other and they gradually come together as the book goes on. Great way to tell a story.