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Body Surfing

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  16,633 Ratings  ·  1,684 Reviews
The bestselling author of 'A Wedding in December' returns with a scintillating novel about a young widow torn between loving two brothers during one long New England summer.
Audio CD, Abridged, 5 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Hachette Audio, (first published 2007)
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Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting much from this book, and was pleasantly surprised during the first third. Anita Shreve writes with skill, although I could have done without quite as much description of what people are wearing - especially since they change their clothes at least twice a day. But she captures the scene of a WASPy New England family summering on the coast of New Hampshire perfectly.[return]But by the last third, I started wondering whether she knew quite where she was trying to go with the dev ...more
Feb 14, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why do I keep reading Anita Shreve? I can't explain this strange relationship I have with her characters. They are my guilty pleasure. More than the love plots (which usually involve infidelity, hmmm) and more than the character development, or lack's her writing style. I love her cadence, her rythmn, and her emotional connections. One of my favorites is Fortune's Rock, which is a twisted sort of love story. But I couldn't put it down. Maybe because the book was set on the water, which ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Warning! Stay out of the water. It's not safe to go Body Surfing!

I've read several Anita Shreve books (Fortune's Rocks, Pilot's Wife, The Last Time They Met) none of which I call stellar but all much better than this one.

Sydner Sklar finds herself once widowed and once divorced in her late twenties. She drops out of grad school and takes a summer job as a live in tutor for the Edwards family who live on the idyllic New Hampshire shore. (And who live in the same house that pops up in many Shreve
Julie Britt
Jun 01, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler alert: I didn't like this book. I didn't care about the characters, which weren't well developed, and the main character keeps making the same mistakes again and again and doesn't seem all that smart. I had to force myself to finish it. The final section seemed to have promise because I expected to see the main character in a good light, but she just went back to where she started.

The passive voice is not avoided by Anita Shreve. I kept getting irritated at that, as well as her continuo
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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After having been greatly disappointed by the last couple of Anita Shreve books I've read, I was relieved that this one didn't irritate me. On the other hand, though, it didn't give me the same pleasure as her earliest books did. But it wasn't bad.

The thing that interested me the most, almost, was figuring out that the beach house in this book is the same one in The Pilot's Wife, Fortune's Rock and Sea Glass. In fact, I think the folks in this story were the owners directly after the pilot's wif
Aug 31, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly constructed, ridiculous story line and lame ending. Author seemed to make little to no effort...
Dec 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give 2.75 stars...... I'm going to give it 3 because I enjoy her style of writing. The book, well, it wasn't all it was hyped up to be. It kept me turning the pages even though I pretty much knew what was going to happen. My mom told me there were some pretty big twists, all which I predicted (which is disappointing-I love to be surprised!).

She didn't develop the characters as well as I would have liked. Why did Mrs. Edwards hate her so much? You can read into the fact that she and M
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Não foi um livro que me agradasse muito. A história não me desagradou mas não gostei muito da escrita. Apesar do livro ser pequeno e dividido em capítulos curtos, foi um livro que me custou um pouco terminar. Queria saber como terminava e pensei que talvez isso salvasse o livro em si mas foi completamente previsível e sem emoção
I have been an Anita Shreve fan for several years – well, okay, decades. I read her first novel, Eden Close back in the 70s when it first came out and remember really liking it. Her novel The Pilot’s Wife was an Oprah pick and, thus, huge. But I’m partial to the quieter novels: Where or When, The Last Time They Met.

Body Surfing is the story of Sydney, a once-divorced, once-widowed woman who comes to live on the New Hampshire coast to tutor the beautiful but intellectually challenged Julie, young
Barbara M
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is beautifully written. Anita Shreve chooses each word carefully and I was drawn into the world she created in this story.

The novel takes place in an oceanfront cottage in New Hampshire. A well to do family has gathered for their summer vacation and Sydney is hired as a tutor to their 18 year old daughter who has special needs. A love triangle emerges as two older brothers in the family compete for Sydney's love and attention. There are a number of twists and turns in the story which m
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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). A ...more
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“Sydney discovers that she minds the loss of her mourning. When she grieved, she felt herself to be intimately connected to Daniel. But with each passing day, he floats away from her. When she thinks about him now, it is more as a lost possibility than as a man. She has forgotten his breath, his musculature.” 17 likes
“kind of necessary acceptance will form around her, like a lobster making its new shell, one that will be soft and easily breakable in the beginning but so hard that only lobster crackers can shatter it in the end. She can hardly wait.” 1 likes
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