In tribute to the life of Anita Shreve, CEO of SparkPoint Studio, Crystal Patriarche, has put together a list of the books she admires most from the best-selling author. These titles are some of Anita’s best work and the titles we go back to time and time again.

The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

A book club pick by Oprah Winfrey, The Pilot’s Wife is the riveting story of the effects of grief and the unanticipated secrets that find their way to the surface after the death of a loved one. When Kathryn’s husband dies in a plane crash, the perfect life the two built together will be thrust into chaos, forcing Kathryn to entertain the idea that her husband was leading two lives.

Body Surfing by Anita Shreve

Sydney has already been divorced and widowed by the time she’s 29 and in this novel, she’ll find that rebuilding her life won’t be easy with the presence of two young men battling for her attention. As her life heads down a direction she can’t be sure of, Sydney will have to figure out how to keep up her fragile existence and complicated past.

The Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

Having recently arrived in Smuttynose Island, Jean is ready to investigate a century’s old case but as she gets closer to the truth and more involved in the facts of the crime, she’ll find herself facing a devastating reality. Suspicion is rising around her husband who she believes is having an affair and before she knows it, she’ll be making dangerous decisions that involve both of them.

Light on Snow by Anita Shreve

Nicky Dillon may be young but in this novel, he does his best to come up with the real meaning of family. As he and his father stumble upon an abandoned baby in the woods and a troubled young woman arrives at their door, the Dillons find that these strangers have been brought into their lives for a reason. A truly remarkable cast of unique characters, Light on Snow is a touching read that dives deep into heartbreak and redemption.

Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve

In this enlightening novel, one woman learns that she may be looking for love in all the wrong places as she involves herself in a passionate relationship with an older man. Following along with the lives of one well-off Boston family, Fortune’s Rocks is the Anita Shreve novel that will take you to far away from your own reality and steal your heart.

A Wedding in December by Anita Shreve

Seven longtime friends will be brought back together in the Berkshire Mountains for a wedding but what none of them expect is a weekend of intense emotions and realizations. As these schoolmates relive a night that forever changed all of their lives, they’ll begin to come to terms with the bond they all share in this touching literary novel.

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