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Publication Date: 1998
Genres: Fiction, General, Literary
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How well do you really know someone? A great story but the audiobook narrator bored me a bit. This book would make for a good book club discussion.
3* – I liked it. I really liked the premise of the story of The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve. The author skillfully described the beautiful New England setting and the drama and grief that envelopes the family the pilot left behind. I think I would have liked it more if I had read the book instead of listened to the audiobook, I found the narrator montone and I found myself spacing out at times.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“A pilot’s wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plane flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable-one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question, How well can we ever really know another person?”
The Pilot’s Wife chronicles the lives of the Lyons Family. Mother and devoted wife, Kathryn Lyons, has a simple and peaceful life that she shares with her increasingly rebellious teenage daughter, Mattie and her husband, Jack, who works as a pilot.
Kathryn’s life shatters one night from that dreaded knock on her door, a man in a suit telling her that her husband was killed in a crash. As if Kathryn’s struggle to deal with her grief is not enough, she starts unraveling clues that her husband is not what he seemed. She is further confused by the man in the suit, is he friend or foe and can she trust what he tells her? Will she be able to raise her daughter on her own, the daughter who was daddy’s little girl?
Overall, I enjoyed the premise of the story. Ms. Shreve skillfully described the beautiful New England setting and the drama and grief that envelopes Kathryn, her daughter Mattie and her mother Julia. Ms. Shreve came up with clever clues leading the reader into questioning whether there was more to husband Jack than he seemed. I certainly didn’t expect all the twists and turns towards the end of the story.
The book certainly raised questions like how well do you really know someone? Even if you are married to them? Or are their mother? It prompted quite an amusing dialogue with my Superhubby and I love when books make you think about how it relates to your life or what you would do if placed in the characters’ situation. The Pilot’s Wife certainly did that for me.
The drawback, however, for me was the narrator of the audiobook. Her voice was more monotone than I would have liked and I often found myself losing focus. The strength of the story pulled me through but I think for future Anita Shreve novels, I will avoid the audiobook. I think this would be a great book club selection as it would be sure to promote lively discussion.
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What did you think of The Pilot’s Wife? How well do you think you know your spouse? What books have you read that would make good book club selections and prompt fun and interesting discussion? Let me know in the comments and as always, thanks for stopping by. Happy reading!