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The Pilot’s Wife

by Anita Shreve

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.


“Gripping….You don’t want to stop turning the pages once Kathryn has opened her door.”  Washington Post Book World

Compulsively readable….To create both sympathetic characters and an enticing plot is no small feat, but Shreve does it seamlessly.”  Orlando Sentinel

“An absorbing, inventive tale rendered in fine, original prose.”  Houston Chronicle

“Kathryn’s emotional quest is masterfully rendered….We go where Shreve leads because the writing is so sure.”  San Diego Union-Tribune

“Highly readable….Shreve is extremely skillful at showing the stages by which someone learns to live with the unthinkable.”  San Francisco Chronicle


Book Club Notes
31 March, 1999

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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