The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

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Journeying to Smuttynose Island, off the coast of New Hampshire, to shoot a photo essay about a century-old double murder, a photographer becomes absorbed by the crime and increasingly obsessed with jealousy over the idea that her husband is having an affair.
 

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 May 9, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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In an uncatalogued archive in Portsmouth, Jean finds a pencil-written translation of the diary kept by Maren, the woman who survived, and, in a fit of pique caused by seeing her husband engrossed in conversation with attractive Adaline, she pockets it.

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In 1873, two women living on the Isles of Shoals, a lonely, windswept group of islands off the coast of New Hampshire, were brutally murdered. A third woman survived, cowering in a sea cave until dawn

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More than a century later, Jean, a magazine photographer working on a photoessay about the murders, returns to the Isles with her husband, Thomas, and their five-year-old daughter, Billie, aboard a boat skippered by her brother-in-law, Rich, who has brought along his girlfriend, Adaline.

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As this Knife In The Water scenario begins to take shape, so does the inexorable tragedy on a barren island in 1873, where the crime's sole survivor (Sarah Polley) takes up residence with oafish husband Ulrich Thomsen, committing to a life of joyless, backbreaking work.

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Full Summary >> Cast: Catherine McCormack - (Jean Janes) Sarah Polley - (Maren Hontvedt) Sean Penn - (Thomas Janes) Josh Lucas - (Rich Janes) Elizabeth Hurley - (Adaline Gunne) Shelved for nearly two years after its premiere at the 2000 Toronto Film Festival, Kathryn Bigelow's adaptation of Ani...

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