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Sea Glass

by Anita Shreve

The year is 1929 and Honora Beecher and her husband, Sexton, are just settling into a new marriage and a cottage on the coast of New Hampshire. While Honora fixes up the derelict house and searches for bits of sea glass on the beach, Sexton risks everything they own to buy the house they both love.

Along with millions of other Americans, he is blindsided by the stock market crash and finds himself penniless. The only work he can find is at a nearby mill, where a labour conflict is erupting into violence. Shaken by forces they scarcely understand, Honora and Sexton try to build a marriage and home while overwhelmed by passions of every kind.

Writing with the power and immediacy that have made her novels bestsellers, Shreve unfolds interlocking lives, each with its own share of love, loss and challenge. This is another gripping and unforgettable story of the human heart from one of the most accomplished novelists of our time.
“Colorful storytelling at its best, satisfying and entertaining.”  Boston Herald

Sea Glass is gripping….The drama unfolds quickly and, for those unfamiliar with Shreve’s vibrating conclusions, surprisingly.”  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Shreve’s four-hankie plots are pure silk, and her characters are so real you can feel them sitting next to you on the couch.”  People

“Shreve’s lyrical language, her characteristic understanding of the human heart and its melancholy follies, the insightful way she uses historic events as the backdrop for her intimate personal story—all add up to make Sea Glass a keeper.”  USA Today

“Gripping.”  Chicago Sun-Times

“Compelling….Those willing to be swept away by the romance and reality of Sea Glass will be enchanted.”  Denver Post


09 April, 2002

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.


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