Skip to content

A Change in Altitude

by Anita Shreve

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.


“Prepare to cancel all your appointments as you race through this dramatic saga set during Kenya in the late 1970s.”

“A suspenseful, adventure-fraught portrait of a marriage sorely tested.’  Elle

“Visual and sharply focused….Shreve knows how to keep a reader engaged.”  Washington Post

“No one is better at gently, but thoroughly probing the interior life of her characters than Anita Shreve….A Change in Altitude reflects many of Shreve’s familiar themes: loss and grief, the relationship between a man and woman, and how one moment can change a life forever. Shreve weaves a strong mix of exotic Africa and interesting characters, producing a potent story that will keep readers thinking about them long after the last page of the novel.”  Newsday

“Shreve takes readers from Nairobi’s lush suburbs to its fetid slums, from the drawing-room world of the white gentry to that of its black servants….A Change in Altitude rises a few thousand feet above typical women’s fiction.”  USA Today


05 November, 1998

About Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of seventeen novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude, Testimony, Fortune's Rocks, The Weight of Water and The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club. She lives in Massachusetts.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *