- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Charnwood (Large Print); Large type edition edition (March 1 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0708991475
- ISBN-13: 978-0708991473
- Shipping Weight: 789 g
- Average Customer Review: 918 customer reviews
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1999: With five novels to her credit, including the acclaimed The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve now offers a skillfully crafted exploration of the long reach of tragedy in The Pilot's Wife. News of Jack Lyons's fatal crash sends his wife into shock and emotional numbness:
Kathryn wished she could manage a coma. Instead, it seemed that quite the opposite had happened: She felt herself to be inside of a private weather system, one in which she was continuously tossed and buffeted by bits of news and information, sometimes chilled by thoughts of what lay immediately ahead, thawed by the kindness of others ... frequently drenched by memories that seemed to have no regard for circumstance or place, and then subjected to the nearly intolerable heat of reporters, photographers and curious on-lookers. It was a weather system with no logic, she had decided, no pattern, no progression, no form.The situation becomes even more dire when the plane's black box is recovered, pinning responsibility for the crash on Jack. In an attempt to clear his name, Kathryn searches for any and all clues to the hours before the flight. Yet each discovery forces her to realize that she didn't know her husband of 16 years at all. Shreve's complex and highly convincing treatment of Kathryn's dilemma, coupled with intriguing minor characters and an expertly paced plot, makes The Pilot's Wife really take off. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
'Sympathetically read by Blair Brown' CHOICE --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Shreve paints a convincing picture of how a blissful domestic life can a veneer an ugly truth. And the truth has been in plain sight all along. The only blindfold was Kathryn’s own idyllic oblivion as dutiful wife and mother. Jack’s long absences was the only blot.
But all is torn down when questions continue to arise over Jack’s death. Investigator, Roger from the Agency is assigned to find the truth. But things are messier than he had hoped.
The elegant writing style takes us on Kathryn’s tortuous emotional journey when another picture begins to emerge regarding Jack’s life. Cryptic scribbles on scraps of paper compel Kathryn to go outside of her familiar surroundings to encounter the real ‘Jack’. A particularly riveting part was when she goes to London to encounter Jack’s full betrayal. Despite having a daughter, Mattie and a supportive mother, Julia, Kathryn is ultimately alone.
The former wife-mother loses touch with herself. Who she really was in the marriage? This is a question many women may find themselves asking after many years of marriage.
Roger is never far away, a complex character, I was at times unsure of his motives. But I began to wonder if his ambiguity was a reflection of Kathryn’s state of mind or reality.
This isn’t a wham-bam type of thriller, although it really gathers momentum towards the ending. It feeds suspense in well-timed portions and is above all, believable.
It is a quick read as well as an engrossing one. Though the book doesn't stir up lots of debates like Oprah's other selections, the topic of adultery still hits too close to home. However, it is interesting to see how Kathryn deals with it during her grieving process and comes to the realization that none of us really know another person. This book may sound depressing, but it really isn't. You have to read between the lines to see that there is a gift of hope that Anita was trying to share with her readers as you grow along with Kathryn on her journey.
This is another Oprah selection, and although I have enjoyed her book club recommendations in the past, I am getting a little tired of some of these fly-weight choices.
This book was not boring--it moved quickly, and I really did want to find out what happened. It's too bad the guy blew up with his plane, which was entirely too nice an end for him. But the wife definitely needed a girlfriend who could sit her down and spell things out for her. I was irritated that she was so doggedly loyal to the pilot, who came across as sort of superior and full of himself.
Oh well, love is blind. I guess this book serves as a cautionary tale to not put all your eggs in one basket, especially if that basket isn't where he says he will be when you need to reach him.