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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.
 
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A Certain Slant of Light (2000)
Cynthia Thayer
"A wonderful novel, so pure and honest and true it rings like a clear bell."

Drowning Ruth (2000)
Christina Schwarz
"Mesmerizing."
Lick Creek
Lick Creek (2001)
Brad Kessler
"Hums with electricity... a mesmerising love story."

Year of Wonders (2001)
Geraldine Brooks
"A wonder indeed... remarkable."
The End of an Error
The End of an Error (2003)
Mameve Medwed
"Outrageously funny and deliciously wicked - Medwed outdoes herself."
In Summer
In Summer (2004)
Jeremy Jackson
"My God, this is good."

Outside Valentine (2004)
Liza Ward
"Harrowing, heartfelt and unforgettable."

Daniel Isn't Talking (2006)
Marti Leimbach
"I adored 'Daniel isn't Talking.' I was riveted, engrossed-all those wonderful things one hopes for when opening a book."

Before (2007)
Joseph Hurka
"Joe Hurka has given us a beautifully written novel that, rather astonishingly, manages to weave together memory, loss, youth, hope, and evil into a compelling story that spans generations. There are echoes upon echoes in this haunting tale."

Beautiful Assassin (2008)
Michael White
"One of our finest novelists today."

The Swimming Pool (2010)
Holly LeCraw
"Holly Lecraw's The Swimming Pool is a complex, astonishingly well-crafted, and completely compelling debut."

Room (2010)
Emma Donoghue
"I loved Room. Such incredible imagination, and dazzling use of language. It's unlike anything I've read before."

Before I Go To Sleep (2011)
S J Watson
"Brilliant in its pacing, profound in its central question, suspenseful on every page - and satisfying in its thriller ending."

The Hanging Judge (2013)
Michael Ponsor
"That rare gem: a cracking court procedural with authentic characters and beautiful prose."

Fill the Sky (2016)
Katherine Sherbrooke
"Richly imagined and beautifully rendered, this is a deeply moving novel."


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