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Testimony by Anita Shreve
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Oct 26, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: four-star-fiction, all-fiction, cultural-and-social-commentary
Read in November, 2008

This one's a definite sleep stealer. I stayed up until 3:30 a.m. to finish it, then couldn't get to sleep for thinking about it! It's quite a departure from Shreve's usual style and content, so give it a try even if you think you don't care for her work.
The story revolves around some drunken sexual antics in a boarding school dorm room that are caught on video tape.
Shreve uses a large number of voices or points of view, which has the potential to be cumbersome. I thought she handled it very deftly, and the style works for this story.

Taken as a whole, the book explores how different people view the same shameful event. Some are cavalier, some blame themselves, some want to blame others, and some just want to use scandal to further their own goals. Some people are able to pay for their mistakes and then move on with their lives, whereas others use this one misfortune to define the rest of their lives with regret and inaction.
I found the conclusion very satisfying and plausible.
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