A couple months ago, Trisha posted the cover to Anita Shreve's latest novel (Rescue, out November 30 from Little, Brown) with a note that "no one does 'wistful' like an Anita Shreve heroine."

There's little information about the plot online, although thanks to the Little, Brown fall catalog we can get more info:

Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman out of a car wreck that should have killed her. Sheila haunts his thoughts, and despite his misgivings, Peter is soon embroiled in an intense love affair—and in her troubled life.

Nineteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone—until a phone call from Sheila alters their quiet existence, bringing long-buried questions back to the surface. Why did a mother leave her family? How did the marriage of two people so deeply in love unravel? A story about trespass and forgiveness, secrets and the seismic force of the truth, Rescue is a masterful portrayal of a family trying to understand its own fractured past and begin again.


A troubled relationship—sounds like the territory of A Change in Altitude, The Pilot's Wife, The Weight of Water and many other of Shreve's novels. Can the author keep the same theme interesting? Will you read Rescue? For a preview, see a sample chapter in the just-released paperback version of A Change in Altitude. Also, browse our Anita Shreve archive on BookPage.com, including an interview about Fortune's Rocks.

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