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The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
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Mar 22, 2010

really liked it
Read from March 22 to 25, 2010

I bought this in an aiport after a funeral and needed to read something about grief, so The Pilot's Wife fit the bill.

How's this for a book opener:

"She heard a knocking, and then a dog barking. Her dream left her, skittering behind a closing door. It had been a good dream, warm and close, and she minded."

The knocking is from a man there to tell her that a plane her husband was piloting went down and everyone on board was killed. The slow reveal of parts of his life about which she had no idea adds to the complexity of the grief Shreve examines in this Oprah pick.

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