A Change in Altitude, Paperback Book
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Margaret and Patrick, married just a few months, set off on a great adventure - a year living in Kenya.

While Patrick practices medicine, Margaret works as a photojournalist, capturing a dizzying and sometimes dangerous city on film.When a British couple invites the newlyweds on a climbing expedition to the summit of Mount Kenya, they eagerly agree.

But during their arduous ascent a horrific accident occurs.

In its aftermath, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how it has transformed her and her marriage, perhaps for ever.

With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, A Change in Altitude illuminates the irrevocable impact of tragedy and the elusive nature of forgiveness.


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The reviews of A Change in Altitude are mixed but I thoroughly enjoyed it (as I have enjoyed all of Ms Shreve's books to date). This is a very good story. The description of events and the character development that precede the sudden tragic accident on the ascent of Mt Kenya are skillfully set out. The book comforted and entertained me on a long flight. I am a dedicated fan of Ms Shreve.

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The last few books by Anita Shreve I've read have seemed a bit wishy-washy compared to her earlier work. This seemed much meatier, it revolves around the lives of a young American couple working in Kenya with some interesting looks at the culture of an expatriate society and it's interactions with the local society, and the book was more enjoyable on the whole as a result of covering a more substantial topic. The pacing seemed a bit odd to start with, I fell asleep twice in the first handful of pages... which doesn't sound good but it worked out okay. I don't want to give away even as much as the blurb on the back of my copy does, but there is a "before" and an "after" to this story and the slow start is more-or-less necessary to set the "before" part up.

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