Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Pilot's Wife

This one has been on my radar for awhile.  I've picked it up at the library and set it back down but I picked it up at our recent library book sale and read it.  Wow.  I was hooked. 

Description: Who can guess what a woman will do when the unthinkable becomes her reality?

Until now, Kathryn Lyons's life has been peaceful if unextraordinary: a satisfying job teaching high school in the New England mill town of her childhood; a picture-perfect home by the ocean; a precocious, independent-minded fifteen-year-old daughter; and a happy marriage whose occasional dull passages she attributes to the unavoidable deadening effect of time. As a pilot's wife, Kathryn has learned to expect both intense exhilaration and long periods alone—but nothing has prepared her for the late-night knock that lets her know her husband has died in a crash.

As Kathryn struggles with her grief, she descends into a maelstrom of publicity stirred up by the modern hunger for the details of tragedy. Even before the plane is located in waters off the Irish coast, the relentless focus on her husband's life begins to bring a bizarre personal mystery into focus. Could there be any truth to the increasingly disturbing rumors that he had a secret? Fighting the impulse to protect herself and her daughter from the details of the crash and the mystery surrounding it, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was—whatever that knowledge may cost. The search will lead her to shocking revelations, testing both the truth of her marriage and the limits of her ability to face it.

From the bestselling author of The Weight of Water, this taut, impassioned novel asks fundamental questions we all have about how well we can really know anyone—even those (or especially those) we love the most. Written with grace and controlled beauty, The Pilot's Wife definitively places Anita Shreve among the ranks of the best novelists writing today.

The emotions that Anita Shreve captured with her writing was amazing.  I mean the character of Kathryn wasn't my favorite character nor was her daughter but man.  The emotions.  It was a heavy book and it touched on one of the worst moment's in a person's life, the death of a spouse/parent.

Jack, the pilot, seems like such a great guy.  A family guy.  But then snippets of the past seep in.  A nugget here and there.  And then you wonder, how can his wife say all the good things she is saying.  And how could have had such a 'good' marriage when all of these secrets come tumbling out after his death?

It was a very quick read and I liked it.  I felt very dark afterwards and I didn't want to write about it right away but days later the book is still with me.  Definitely, one to check out, but not if you are looking for a light read.

Have you read any books by Anita Shreve? How well do you think you know the people in your life? Has a significant other ever kept something from you that shocked you when you found out?

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