Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve

"How do you ever know that you really know a person?" The Pilot's Wife proposes this question and leaves you asking many more. Questions about love and marriage, trust and betrayal, and human relationships are explored in this novel by Anita Shreve.

This Oprah Book Club selection is one of several Shreve novels set in a large New Hampshire beach house that started out as a convent. Kathryn is awakened in the middle of a cold winter night with horrible news - her husband's plane has gone down - no survivors.

In the days and weeks that follow, Kathryn must cope not only with her own grief, but also her daughter's difficult adjustment, the publicity, the questions, and the growing uncertainty of her husband's past.

The Library's book discussion group, the Fantastic Fictioneers, rated The Pilot's Wife 8 out of 10. Enjoy this Anita Shreve book and well as her other beach house novels: Fortune's Rocks, Body Surfing, and Sea Glass.

Jane Kaufman


  1. An enjoyable read The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and original, this book is going in by "to read" list.

  2. I really expected the book to be great since I thought the idea behind it was a really good one. Like the reviewers before me, I felt like Shreve could have developed the characters better, especially Katherine and Jack. I never really felt 100% sympathetic towards her and really wanted a larger picture of Jack's other marriage.