Wednesday, July 6, 2011


by Anita Shreve
Little, Brown & Co., 2010. 288 pgs. Fiction

Webster, a young paramedic living with his parents in rural Vermont, meets Sheila Arsenault when he pulls her, bloodied and unconscious, out of a car wreck caused by her driving under the influence of alcohol. Her glossy brown hair draws him compulsively back, and he steadfastly ignores all warning signs as their relationship develops. Restlessness, a decidedly rocky past, and hints of alcoholism surround Sheila as their affair barrels into marriage and an unexpected pregnancy. An act of Sheila's finally causes their breakup, and Webster is left as the single father of two-year-old daughter Rowan. Years later, he must revisit decisions made during his marriage, as Rowan's teenage years begin to mirror her mother's history.

This was a good, quick read with a strong plot. However, all of the characters seemed somewhat flat and stereotypical so I had a hard time understanding their motivations. The story was interesting but there wasn’t much else that was memorable about the book.

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