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The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
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Jul 22, 2009

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While its language is gorgeous in that it succeeds in evoking the watery imagery and its related metaphor that Shreve pulls through the novel, the novel felt somewhat contrived. Shreve interweaves the frame story of a photographer researching the brutal murder of two immigrant women on the Isle of Shoals with the historical narrative of the sole survivor of the attack that resulted in the murders. In the frame story, the photographer suspects that her husband is having an affair with his brother's girlfriend on the boat that bears all of them and the photographer's little daughter out to the Isle of Shoals. The historical narrative answers the water metaphor, but the frame story's relation to both seemed forced and random although emotionally stirring.

I'm drawn to reading women authors lately, so I was disappointed that I couldn't love this book. That said, I enjoyed it as a nighttime/before-bed read.

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