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The Weight of Water Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2001 by Anita Shreve (Author)

Loved it, it was two stories intertwined, one historical, the other fictional, and they unfolded right next to each other, not in separate chapters, but on the same page, that was a little adjustment, but once made, I liked it, I didn’t have to wait for a whole chapter to pass before returning to the present, or to go back to the past , you could follow the stories almost simultaneously, for multi taskers, and people who get a little bored this is a two for one done so carefully that you are literally following two stories at the same time, and it forces you to pay closer attention to the details, because the story, or parts of it are completely lost if you don’t get all the details. You do keep thinking about it, or I did, afterward, and really, was thinking about both stories, not just the one, wondering how the characters’ lives continued, wishing for more updates on the characters, the characters became quite real and believable. Interesting way to write, and to read. Check it out!

Amazon.com Review A newspaper photographer, Jean, researches the lurid and sensational ax murder of two women in 1873 as an editorial tie-in with a brutal modern double murder. (Can you guess which one?) She discovers a cache of papers that appear to give an account of the murders by an eyewitness. The plot weaves between the narrative of the eyewitness and Jean’s private struggle with jealousies and suspicions as her marriage teeters. A rich, textured novel. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The Weight of Water Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2001 by Anita Shreve (Author) Review

I enjoy books that are fictional but based on some historical truths, as this book did with the Smuttynose murders. There is a transition between two stories, which I also enjoy, but the writing style was a bit droning and slow. The story itself was well done, as were the characters, and their eventual fate was poetic if not easy to determine. This did make me a little upset. Being able to “figure out” a murder mystery is always a bit disappointing. Without giving anything away, my suspicions very early in the book ended up being true. However, the way things came about was creatively done and the voice throughout was very consistent. I have only ever read “The Pilot’s Wife” by Anita Shreve, and I do plan to read the sequel to “The Weight of Water” next because I never am one to want a story to end. The way she writes is perfect for a rainy day and a bowl of soup! My only real complaint is that the Kindle version of the book (I’m not sure of the printed version) has so many errors it was distracting. The errors were simple catches that any person could see while reading. Was there not an Editor to look it over? One error may be common or understandable (Putting “the” instead of “they”), but there were more than 5 that I recall stumbling over. I almost felt as though I was reading the manuscript before it was being printed officially! Someone may want to look into that! Overall, I suggest this book to others who enjoy reading a good story mixing history, ships at sea, romantic entanglements, old documents, photography, and the human condition. -Read Reviews-

I like the author’s novels in general. This novel was historically interesting about about a Norwegian woman and her family who came to the United States in early 1900’s. The narrative style combines the narrator, a 21st century woman and photographer, as she investigates a double murder on a small island off New Hampshire and the subject of her investigation, the Norwegians. The narrator visits New Hampshire and investigates old records which leads her and the reader to come to a different conclusion as to who the murderer was and the strange motive. The narrator sails to the island with her husband, his brother and her small child- which has its own drama because of a second woman on board who attracts both men on the boat. A film with Sean Penn as the husband does not do a good job of dramatizing the complexities of the book’s story and does not include the child which diminishes the drama of the story. Read the book.

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