A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
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Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.

A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.

A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of Africa and into the core of our most intimate relationships.
 

About Anita Shreve

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Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 16 previous novels, including Rescue, A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England's Orange prize. She lives in Massachusetts.
 
Published August 25, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Shreve (Testimony, 2008, etc.) sends a young American couple up Mt. Kenya, with disastrous consequences for their marriage.

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Publishers Weekly

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Shreve (Testimony ), who worked in Kenya as a journalist early in her career, returns to that country in her slow latest, the story of a photojournalist and her doctor husband, whose temporary relocation abroad goes sour.

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Anita Shreve's latest confection offers readers her traditional mix of solid suspense and convincing characters, all set in a new location

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The Washington Post

Patrick and Margaret's landlord, Arthur, is the one who has suggested the climb, and Margaret has certainly noticed the proprietary attention he pays her.

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USA Today

Shreve spent three years in Kenya writing for a magazine, and her command of the land, the language smatterings of Swahili are sprinkled throughout, but not gratuitously so and post-colonial society is evident.

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A Change in Altitude is an enjoyable and quietly moving read.ProsThe world of expats living in Kenya in the 1970s is interesting and absorbing.ConsSome of the decisions characters make towards the end of the novel are implausible.Description'A Change in Altitude' by Anita Shreve was published in ...

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Although Margaret was a photojournalist in her native Massachusetts, she does not currently have a job and she misses the stimulation and excitement of her profession. One day, Patrick announces that he would like Margaret to accompany him, their landlord, Arthur, and his wife, Diana, on a climb...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Anita Shreve is the author of more than a dozen best-selling novels, including The Last Time They Met, (2001) Light on Snow ( 3 of 5 Stars Mar/Apr 2005), A Wedding in December ( 2.5 of 5 Stars Jan/Feb 2006), and the 1999 Oprah Book Club selection The Pilot's Wife.

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Otago Daily Times

In response she throws herself into work, finding herself a job as a photographer for the Kenya Morning Tribune and coming face to face with the social and political realities of post-colonial Africa.

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