Anita Shreve

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Anita Shreve

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Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts (just outside Boston), the eldest of three daughters. Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school (a short novel she still claims as one of her favorites) and everything Eugene O'Neill ever wrote while she was a senior (to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work). After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston. In the middle of her last year, she quit (something that, as a parent, she finds appalling now) to start writing. "I had this panicky sensation that it was now or never."

Joking that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejections from magazine

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"Who is Stella Bain? Injured near the front lines of World War I, an American woman awakes in France without her memory in this twisting historical novel." ...More

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“To leave, after all, was not the same as being left.”
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“I thought about how one tiny decision can change a life. A decision that takes only a split second to make.”
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