Body Surfing by Anita Shreve
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At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed. Trying to regain her footing once again, she has answered an ad to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage.

But when the Edwards' two grown sons, Ben and Jeff, arrive at the beach house, Sydney finds herself caught up in a destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. As the brothers vie for her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt for herself is threatened. With the subtle wit, lyrical language, and brilliant insight into the human heart that has led her to be called "an author at one with her métier" (Miami Herald), Shreve weaves a novel about marriage, family, and the supreme courage that it takes to love.

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 April 24, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 305 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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Summary: After divorcing one husband and being widowed by another Sydney takes a job as a tutor in a beach-front house.

Feb 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Body Surfing: A Novel

Suite 101

Sydney and the two brothers, Jeff and Ben, go out body surfing in the ocean one evening and Sydney feels Ben groping her in the water.

Feb 11 2010 | Read Full Review of Body Surfing: A Novel

Suite 101

Rhoda and Samuel each have problems but together they could be successful..

Jul 01 2007 | Read Full Review of Body Surfing: A Novel


Does Sydney want to risk taking another chance on love?

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Anita Shreve's Body Surfing is an amazing novel, a real page-turner, and a triumph of character driven drama.

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a recurring theme in Shreve’s writings.The plot takes turns that are unexpected and yet entirely believable.ConsShreve’s writes with short, choppy sentences that break up the narrative passages.DescriptionSydney, a young widow, becomes a tutor for a family spending the summer at their beach house...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Sydney, Jeff, and Ben go body surfing late one night and Sydney is sure that Ben has tried to grope her underwater.

Jun 09 2008 | Read Full Review of Body Surfing: A Novel


At one time during the novel Sydney reminisces on the history of the house, which confirmed my thoughts that this is the very same beach house mentioned in the earlier novels, The Pilot’s Wife, Fortune’s Rocks and Sea Glass.

Jan 31 2011 | Read Full Review of Body Surfing: A Novel

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