Testimony (Anita Shreve)

‘Testimony’, one of Anita Shreve’s latest books is a story told by individuals – pupils, their parents and staff of a New England boarding school about a shocking event that happens there.  A sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora’s box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voice that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment. A gripping emotional drama with the pace of a thriller, Anita Shreve’s Testimony explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.  Nielsen Book Data Online.

Mrs Inchenko has also read and enjoyed this novel.  She says:

“I found this gripping, initially you are shocked by what the Head has found, but as the story evolves you see it from each of the participants’ point of view, and that of the adults.  Shreve handles the different voices in the book extremely well and is able to understand the feelings and the ethical dilemmas of the characters. It is heart-wrenching!  As a parent it really makes you think about how easy a reckless moment of teenage behaviour can have dire consequences.  It also makes you think what your actions and reactions may be in similar circumstances!  It reads like a thriller, but is much more, playing on the concerns of teenage morality, adultery and the consequences.

 I would think suitable for 6th form and adult readers only!”

Mmm, interesting…  Perhaps you have been inspired to try this novel, do let us know when you have!

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Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

1 thought on “Testimony (Anita Shreve)”

  1. ‘Testimony’ is an intriguing read and I would endorse the readership age wholeheartedly! Each chapter is told by a different character and the author has captured each person’s voice so perfectly. The arrangement of the chapters works well as the reader goes forward seamlessly between characters. Aside from the tragedy of the story, Shreve uses her wonderful skill of setting her novel in her native New England, you could almost believe you are there yourself.

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