The Pilot's Wife, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


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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Quite a nifty book - *very* hard to put down.

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Anita Shreve has written a number of books based around one house on the New England coast (at least I think it’s the New England coast). This is probably one of the best, although they’re all interesting and very different, because in fact, the books are about the people, and it’s just interesting to reflect on the different stories that any house might tell. This one is about a pilot and his family, and how the family (especially the wife, naturally) copes in the aftermath of the plane crash that kills him. In fact, it’s about how you think you know people and you really have no idea. I suppose all of us have secret selves that we never reveal even to our nearest and dearest, but this pilot – well, to reveal anything here would quite simply ruin the story. But I love the way Shreve writes, and while I probably wouldn’t have thought of voting for this book in the Top 100, it’s an excellent way to spend a few hours.

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