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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User Review  - berthashaver - LibraryThing

I really liked the theme of this book Consequences of being unprepared for a strenuous mountain climb can have tragic consequences and how our thoughts and actions affect each other for good or bad. This is the first book I have read by this author, and I'm looking forward to reading more. Read full review

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User Review  - LynleyS - LibraryThing

'Margaret could hardly believe she'd inadvertently done something that had helped another person -- though the credit had to go to Rafiq, who'd asked to do the story.' That sentence may well sum up ... Read full review

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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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