Anita Shreve (1946-2018)

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Bestselling author Anita Shreve has passed away at the age of 71.

Best known for novels with twisty, un-put-down-able plots, Shreve began her career as an English teacher and then took up journalism, publishing short stories on the side.  Her first novel, Eden Close, was published in 1989, but it wasn't until 1997's The Weight of Water that Shreve became a household name for readers.  The Weight of Water was adapted into a major motion picture starring Sean Penn and Elizabeth Hurley, the first of several adaptations based on her works.

When her book The Pilot's Wife was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club, it became an instant bestseller, prompting even more celebrity for Shreve and her works.  She appeared on Winfrey's talk show, and wrote the screenplay for a TV movie based on the book.

Despite life in the public eye, Shreve was very private about her personal life.  Her death, as her husband reports, was due to breast cancer, which hadn't prevented her from writing or scheduling appearances.  Shreve was scheduled to participate in the National Writers' Series here in Traverse City, just a few doors down from Brilliant Books.  We'd already assembled her entire body of work in preparation, including her final novel, The Stars Are Fire.  See for yourself what made her books so successful.  The entire collection is available below.

Body Surfing: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316067331
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 15th, 2008

Testimony: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316067348
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 5th, 2009

A Change in Altitude: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316020718
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 4th, 2010

Rescue: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316020732
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 27th, 2011

Stella Bain Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316098892
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 27th, 2014

The Stars Are Fire: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385350907
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Published: Knopf - April 18th, 2017

The Stars Are Fire: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780804147668
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Published: Random House Audio - April 18th, 2017

The Stars Are Fire: A novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524780258
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Published: Random House Large Print - April 18th, 2017

The Stars Are Fire Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345806369
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Published: Vintage - March 27th, 2018

The Weight of Water: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316780377
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 7th, 1998

Fortune's Rocks: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316678100
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 2nd, 2001

Light on Snow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316010672
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 12th, 2005

Resistance: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316789844
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 1st, 1997

The Last Time They Met: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316781268
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Published: Back Bay Books - January 22nd, 2002