The Pilot's Wife

The Pilot's Wife

A Novel

Book - 1998
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Anita Shreve's hauntingly beautiful #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection about tragedy, grief, betrayal, and the 'impossibility of knowing another person.'
As a pilot's wife, Kathryn has learned to expect both intense exhilaration and long periods alone, but nothing has prepared her for a late-night knock that lets her know her husband has died in a crash.
Until now, Kathryn Lyons's life has been peaceful if unextraordinary: a satisfying job teaching high school in the New England mill town of her childhood; a picture-perfect home by the ocean; a precocious, independent-minded fifteen-year-old daughter; and a happy marriage whose occasional dull passages she attributes to the unavoidable deadening of time.
As Kathryn struggles with her grief, she descends into a maelstrom of publicity stirred up by the modern hunger for the details of tragedy. Even before the plane is located in waters off the Irish coast, the relentless scrutiny of her husband's life begins to bring a bizarre personal mystery into focus. Could there be any truth to the increasingly disturbing rumors that he had a secret life?
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 1998, c1997
ISBN: 9780316601955
Branch Call Number: SHREV
Characteristics: 293 p

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jazpur
Jul 23, 2015

I missed this when it first came out in the 90's so when I came across it in a review I was reading for something else, I was happy to find it was still available. Anita Shreve never disappoints.

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Lauren31
Oct 04, 2013

This book was ok. I felt like the pacing was uneven and ended with a race through the plot to the finish. It also ended quite abruptly.

booklady1 Aug 27, 2013

Anita Sherve seems to have a golden touch with her books. Each one is better then the previous story. emotional , sad, and devastating.

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mew7958
Jul 20, 2013

Interesting book, as all of Anita Shreve's are. I have all of her titles on my for later shelf, and look forward to reading more.

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gigglespisano
Jan 20, 2013

Loved this book..I must read anything by Anita Shreve, very good writer~

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angelsunflower
Sep 01, 2012

amazing and awesome read!!
totally recommend! dodn't end how i thought it was going to!!

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blolo
Jun 23, 2011

shreve describes the grieving process quite well, and as the main character finds out more and more of the circumstances surrounding her husbands death it is at times suspenseful. i found the ending disappointing tho.

dragonsnakes Mar 04, 2011

Good read, but devestating for a wife; also in movie format.

It really didn't do that much for me. It was definitely on a different subject and I think the characters were well developed, but I just didn't really think it was overly amazing. I'm not sure what Oprah was thinking.

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BookBear780
Dec 03, 2010

I found this to be a very good book. An easy read that went by fast and was hard to put down. I didn't find it predictible and was surprised a few times during. Worthwhile!

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booklady1 Aug 27, 2013

A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plan flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable-one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question, How well can we ever really know another person?

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thesecretlifeofme
Feb 08, 2012

a pilot dies in a plane crash as his wife is greiving she uncovers some intresting facts about him and his "family life"

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booklady1 Aug 27, 2013

booklady1 thinks this title is suitable for 19 years and over

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