Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Reading: Book 8



At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape.

A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices--those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal--that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in TESTIMONY a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.


I love Anita Shreve, so when I found this book laying around the "give a book, take a book" table at work I picked it up. In case you're wondering or want to read more, Fortune's Rocks and Eden Close are some of my favorite books that she's written.

This book was pretty good as well. It opened with a pretty traumatizing and graphic underage sex scene, but the rest of the book was much less graphic (thankfully). I enjoyed that she wrote the book from several different perspectives, but I did find myself disliking the headmaster. That being said, it was a fast, easy, but entertaining read.

Have you read it? What did you think?

10 comments:

The Pittman's said...

I've been looking for some new good reads this sounds pretty good, I'll have to keep my eye out for it.

jodi said...

I love Anita Shreve, too! I haven't read this one yet...I found a couple of her older novels at our church's booksale earlier this summer. (Oh, and I am new...I tried to leave a comment on that post a few days ago and my laptop kept getting frozen...sorry!).

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Looks and sounds like a great read!

Amber said...

Hey Ashley! Stopping by from Synfully Delicious! I go to school with Syndal. Love your little blog---new follower here! I'll have to check the book out--when I get a second from reading stupid textbooks! Ahh!

Stop by sometime
http://www.thestrobel3.blogspot.com

talklesssaymore said...

Thanks for letting me know about this- I'll have to check it out. I like her writing style so it sounds like I should like it.

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