Bibliofemme Bookclub An Irish Bookclub

January 10, 2012

The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

Filed under: Bookclub Books,General Fiction — Femmes @ 3:07 pm
The Weight of Water Book Cover The Weight of Water
Anita Shreve
Back Bay Books

Meeting: Friday 1st November 2002

The Weight of Water is beautifully written but leaves many frustrating questions unanswered. A contemporary story about two couples and a child in a sailboat off the coast of New Hampshire is intertwined with the tale of a 19th century double murder which took place on a nearby island.

Told from two perspectives – a photographer investigating the murder, and the century-old diary of the only survivor of the attack – the dual narrative is cleverly plotted but sometimes clumsily interwoven. 3/5

Score awarded by Bibliofemme: 3 out of 5

What the other femmes had to say
The Athlete “Enjoyed the film more than the book-Appreciated the descriptive element of the book but it seemed a bit gloomy and long-winded.” 3/5

The Techie “I enjoyed this book, as my learned friends have already said the descriptive was excellent, I found the narrative pertaining to the century old murder far more interesting than what was occuring in the modern day” 3/5

The DJ “The author of several novels, Shreve has a beautiful style and a way with weaving her books together.” 3/5

The Writer “Not Shreve’s best work. Read Sea Glass instead.” 3/5

The Connoisseur“Enjoyable in places, overall forgettable” 3/5

Also by Anita Shreve The Last Time They Met

To read an interview with Anita Shreve click here

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