Friday, August 17, 2012

You Think You Know

The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
I probably never would have picked this one up if I wasn't reading it for a book club I'm in. I mean I've seen Anita Shreve's books before, but I've never really given her much though. I had no idea what type of books she writes or if there's a general theme that in each of her books. Basically I went into this not knowing what to expect, and came out enjoying it.

My biggest complaint with the book is that it's depressing, which isn't always a bad thing. It does feel like I've read a lot of books dealing with death in the months since my mom died. (It could also be that I just notice the death aspect more.) But while I think reading about someone else going through the a simialat experience is somewhat therapeutic, the book to a turn that I hadn't anticipated. Basically it's about how well do you really know someone, and the secrets that come out after their death which is something I really wanted to think about.

I couldn't imagine going through that Kathryn goes through after her pilot husband dies in a plane crash. But all things considering she seems to make it through alright. The book does end somewhat ambiguous, but I like to think she had a good future ahead of her.

This book made me think, and definitely got my emotions going. While I wouldn't list it on my top ten list, I enjoyed it enough that I'd love to read more by Shreve.


Today I'm linking up with Blonde Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday!


  1. I read this one last summer. I remember liking it. I haven't read any of Shreve's other books but I would.

  2. I read this book in college and loved it. I mean, it was disturbing and sad, but I remember it being such a page turner. It was the first book I read by Shreve and after that, I gobbled up SO many of her books!!

  3. My mom tried reading this book and couldn't get through it...mostly because she's a pilot's wife and she found it really close to home! But I want to try reading it for myself. It sounds great.

  4. I found myself pleasantly surprised by this book too. While it was depressing, it was an interesting read!