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Sea glass : a novel
Shreve, Anita.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [2002]

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505 pages (large print) ; 25 cm
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With all the narrative power and emotional immediacy that have made her novels acclaimed international bestsellers, Anita Shreve unfolds a richly engaging tale of marriage, money, and troubled times-the story of a pair of young newlyweds who, setting out to build a life together in a derelict beach house on the Atlantic coast, soon discover how threatening the world outside their front door can be.

Author Notes

Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts. After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston. She has written numerous books including The Pilot's Wife, Eden Close, Strange Fits of Passion, Where or When, Resistance, The Weight of Water, Fortune's Rocks, Rescue, Stella Bain, and The Stars are Fire. In 1998, she received the PEN/L. L. Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Shreve's latest is set during the 1920s in a New Hampshire house that has been featured in two of the author's previous novels, The Pilot's Wife (1998) and Fortune's Rocks (1999). After a three-month courtship, 20-year-old bank teller Honora marries 24-year-old typewriter salesman Sexton on a bright June day in 1929. They move into an abandoned house on the beach, which they have agreed to fix up in exchange for rent. Excited by the first heady days of their new marriage and their new life together, Honora and Sexton throw themselves into redecorating the house. When the owner of the house offers to sell it to them, they jump at the chance even though it will be a financial stretch. Their timing couldn't be worse. Within months, the stock market crashes, and their life changes completely when Sexton is forced to take a brutal, low-paying job in the local mill. In contrast to the riveting story lines of Shreve's previous titles, the plot is a bit thinner here. Yet the characters are compelling, especially the hard-living, smart-mouthed socialite Vivian and the reticent union activist McDermott. Even as Shreve stays resolutely on the surface of her story, readers will respond to her well-crafted prose. Fine entertainment. --Joanne Wilkinson

Publisher's Weekly Review

In addition to spinning one of her most absorbing narratives, Shreve here rewards readers with the third volume in a trilogy set in the large house on the New Hampshire coast that figured in The Pilot's Wife and Fortune's Rocks. This time the inhabitants are a newly married couple, Sexton and Honora Beecher, both of humble origins, who rent the now derelict house. In a burst of overconfidence, slick typewriter salesman Sexton lies about his finances and arranges a loan to buy the property. When the 1929 stock market crash occurs soon afterward, Sexton loses his job and finds menial work in the nearby mills. There, he joins a group of desperate mill hands who have endured draconian working conditions for years, and now, facing extortionate production quotas and reduced pay, want to form a union. The lives of the Beechers become entwined with the strikers, particularly a principled 20-year-old loom fixer named McDermott and Francis, the 11-year-old fatherless boy he takes under his wing. A fifth major character is spoiled, dissolute socialite Vivian Burton, who is transformed by her friendship with Honora. As Honora becomes aware that Sexton is untrustworthy, she is drawn to McDermott, who tries to hide his love for her. The plot moves forward via kaleidoscopic vignettes from each character's point of view, building emotional tension until the violent, rather melodramatic climax when the mill owners' minions confront the strikers. Shreve is skilled at interpolating historical background, and her descriptions of the different social strata the millworkers, the lower-middle-class Sextons, the idle rich enhance a touching story about loyalty and betrayal, responsibility and dishonor. This is one of Shreve's best, likely to win her a wider audience. 6-city author tour. (Apr. 9) Forecast: Expectations of brisk sales, indicated by the one-day laydown, will likely be achieved. Readers should find timely resonance in the setting of 1920s economic turbulence. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Newlyweds Sexton and Honora Beecher have plenty of dreams, but they didn't plan on the stock market crash of 1929. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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