My book for this month was actually read while I was at the beach before my timbers were kindled and I became obsessed with The Girl books. If you've been reading this blog for anytime you will know that I am an Anita Shreve fan ~ Body Surfing is certainly an interesting try to figure it out but are completely surprised by the end kinda book. I like those.
Sydney, the main character has been married twice; divorced once and widowed once. She falls into a family full of both strife and love as a tutor to the youngest child. The story picks up when the two older children, boys - men actually - return home for a visit. Old rivalries are reignited and Sydney is in somewhat of a rip tide ... pulling her out to sea slowly.
Like many of Shreve's books, this one is centered around the beautiful New Hampshire coast. The ocean is as much of a character as the the people. Body surfing is woven into the lives of the main players - some fear the water, others respect it, and some wish to use it to get revenge.
I found this book interesting and different. I enjoyed it and the fact that I read it at the beach was intentional. I didn't want to read about the ocean without being there myself!
If you are a Shreve fan - pick this up. If you've never read her before - you won't be disappointed.
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