Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Body Surfing

Complex and engrossing, "Body Surfing" dissects relationships down to their most basic elements. It's starts with Sydney, a likable 29 yo that has recently lost her young physician husband to a brain aneurysm. She takes a summer job preparing the 17 yo daughter of a wealthy family for the SATs at their beach house. While there, she meets their two older sons, Ben and Jeff, who both pursue her, although one is almost engaged. Against her will, Sydney is drawn to one and repulsed by the other, but is it for the right reasons? The complexity of this story stems from the relationships between the family members; father-daugher, mother-sons, brother to sister, and brother to brother...

I loved the characters in this story - Anita Shreve is genius. I read this book in less than a day! This is her best book ever.

Shannon's Grade: A

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