A Change in Altitude: A Novel

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Little, Brown, Sep 22, 2009 - Fiction - 432 pages
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Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.

A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.

A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of Africa and into the core of our most intimate relationships.

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He's a doctor doing research on tropical diseases. - LibraryThing
The depiction of Kenya was wonderful and visual. - LibraryThing
I didn't like the ending either. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Carol - Goodreads

I totally enjoyed the first section of the book -- the development of the story and characters, the descriptions of Kenya, the mountain climb. I was totally captivated. After the climb was over, my ... Read full review

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User Review  - Katherine Beaver - Goodreads

A couple falls in love in Africa, and begins a life together. They are renting from a couple, and they all decide to climb a mountain together. The husband from this other couple makes a pass at the ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 14 previous novels, including Testimony; The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England's Orange prize. She lives in Massachusetts.

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