A change in altitude (Anita Shreve)

Mrs Bailey read Anita Shreve’s ‘A change in altitude’ during half term.  Here is a synopsis of the novel:

 Margaret and Patrick, married just a few months, set off on a great adventure, a year living in Kenya. While Patrick practices medicine, Margaret works as a photojournalist, capturing a dizzying and sometimes dangerous city on film. When a British couple invites the newlyweds on a climbing expedition to the summit of Mount Kenya, they eagerly agree. But during their arduous ascent a horrific accident occurs. In its aftermath, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how it has transformed her and her marriage, perhaps for ever. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, A Change in Altitude illuminates the irrevocable impact of tragedy and the elusive nature of forgiveness. ”

Mr Bailey says:

“African-based novel, Kenya.  Based on a couple’s relationship, and their meetings with others… Very descriptive on Kenya, Nairobi, Maithaga. Wasn’t particularly gripping but interesting if you have visited or want to visit Kenya.”

So for all those of you thinking of going to Kenya during the summer, this looks good…

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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!