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.