The Friends of The Princeton Public Library Book Club is reading The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve. Join them on Thursday, January 13th at 4:00pm to be a part of the discussion. The full review from BookBrowse is as follows: 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?
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.