Saturday, June 23, 2012

Book review..........The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve

This was a very good book and I'm surprised because I usually don't care for Oprah's picks.  She tends to go to the "dark side" when she picks books.  There's always lots of drama and terrible, sad, pitiful tales.  This was wasn't happy go lucky but it wasn't so awful that it gave you bad dreams.
  The Pilot's Wife is by Anita Shreve who is an outstanding writer and makes it easy to get involved with her tale from page one.  The story involves a high school English teacher who is married to an airline pilot and they have a 15 year old daughter.   The plane her husband is piloting crashes and everyone is killed.  The real story lies in the days and weeks following the crash and the path her life takes and how she copes with all the aftermath.  It brought forward the events in my own life when I realized that we never really know another person no matter how close we may feel to them.  Human beings are a surprising lot.
I enjoyed this book as it was masterfully written without bush whacking you with terror or gross details.  It was more like a mystery unfolding in front of you and gently placed in your hands to hold for a brief time.  This book will go in my "keeper" bookshelf and although I don't recommend many of "Oprah's picks", I do recommend this one. I think I picked it up at a garage sale or library sale.  I know I didn't buy it new.
I'm going to look into other books by Ms. Shreve especially another book that was a national bestseller, The Weight of Water.  If any of you have read this book or any of her others please let me know what you thought about them.  Thanks for stopping know you make my day with your kind comments!
I wish you a satisfying Saturday! 


  1. I remember hearing about The Pilot's Wife but have never read it. I've gotten to where I only read during the summer or when we travel. I started The Help when we went to Dubai a few months ago and then never continued with it even though I enjoyed what I did read. One day I'll get back to all these books sitting on my nightstand. :) Hope your day is great. Tammy

  2. Hmmm..
    I think I read that one.
    Sounds very familiar.... but I'm not 100%.

    How in the world do you find time to do all your gardening, crafting, baking and still fit in reading??

    My goodness.. you are amazing!!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!


  3. I read this book some time ago and although I don't remember all the details I do remember that I liked it. Didn't the wife discover another wife and child that the husband had plus maybe political convictions that led to the explosion? My memory is short!

  4. This sounds good.
    I purposely never read Oprah recommended books for the very reasons you gave!


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