Body Surfing, Paperback Book
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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.


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Not my favourite novel by Anita Shreve. It took me a while to get into this novel - the writing was sparse, comprising short, brief paragraphs.I found myself reading it jerkily and it took at least 50 pages to settle into the style. Once I'd become accustomed to it, however,I did enjoy it. The characters were well drawn and I liked that Mrs Edwards disliked Sydney, that added interest.Sydney Skylar is staying at the Beach House that appears in several of Ms Shreve's previous novels. She is recovering from the death of her second husband, having divorced the first. She is employed to teach Julie, the slow learning daughter of the Edwards family. When Julie's older brothers arrive for a holiday life starts to get complicated for Sydney.Without giving too much away, I would say that there were some aspects of the narrative that I found a bit jarring, even far fetched.This was not the best of Anita Shreve's novels that I've read and was almost disappointing in comparison, but Ms Shreve is an excellent author and I shall continue to eagerly await her books.

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