The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

The Weight of Water

Anita Shreve

Two stories run in parallel, one set in modern times and the other in the nineteenth century. Both have women at their core, going through difficult emotional times and both end in a tragedy. The way Shreve builds up the tension is brilliant - you can almost breathe it and have to read on.

Extract

I remember weeks when John could not go out to sea, nor could anyone come across to Smutty Nose, and when the weather was so dangerous that we two sat for hours huddled by the stove in the kitchen ...

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