Testimony by Anita Shreve
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At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices--those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal--that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in TESTIMONY a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.
 

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 September 27, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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A sex scandal at a Massachusetts prep school seen through the eyes of students, teachers, parents and anyone else of even peripheral relevance.

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Testimony : Anita Shreve, read by Adam Sims and Jennifer Woodward Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Teenage sex scandal in posh Vermont liberal arts and ba...

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Testimony by Anita Shreve Find this on the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop A sex tape surfaces at a New England private school.

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Book Reporter

A fascinating exercise in storytelling from multiple points of view --- with no editorializing from a third-person narrator --- it makes witnesses of its readers and challenges us to make up our own minds about what is true or false, good or bad.

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Entertainment Weekly

Just read one chapter about Silas — the kid who lands a scholarship, falls in love, and watches it all tumble apart during the course of a single day — and try not to shed a tear.

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The Telegraph

She brings home the point that such girls do exist, tempting boys who otherwise wouldn't consider such acts, by bringing in another early adolescent girl who goes around "snaring" older boys.

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About.com

Anita Shreve's latest novel Testimony opens with a shocking description of child pornography that may leave Shreve's regular audience gasping for air, and perhaps even reaching for one of her previous novels to make sure she is the same author that they remember.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Kate Ward Minneapolis Star Tribune 4 of 5 Stars "Shreve presents the story in character-told chapters, mostly in the first person;

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Which it may as well have been, since it produced something very like radiation sickness throughout the school, reducing the value of an Avery education, destroying at least two marriages that he knew of, ruining the futures of three students, and, most horrifying of all, resulting in a death.” (...

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