A Change in Altitude

altitA Change in Altitude, by popular author, Anita Shreve was both depressing and captivating. It was one of those rare novels where I truly could not even guess at what might happen next. Each turn in the plot seemed to be randomly pulled from a hat, yet it all came together in the end, for better or worse.

The story is told in third person but is sympathetic to the perspective of an American woman named Margaret.  She and her  husband, Patrick, are newlyweds  living in Kenya.

When they go with two other couples on a climbing expedition, a tragic accident on the mountain will change Margaret and her marriage forever.

I appreciated the cultural details, the diverse cast of characters, the deep emotions, the obvious knowledge of the complexities of marriage and the unpredictable plot,  but I had difficulty relating to or caring very much for the Anglo characters.  (The non-Anglo characters were much more interesting.)

Over all, if you enjoy Anita Shreve you will probably enjoy this book. Just be forewarned that it isn’t exactly a happily-ever-after type of story.



Filed under books, culture, marriage, opinion, women

5 responses to “A Change in Altitude

  1. I have not read all of Anita Shreve’s books but most of them have an element of sadness to them, I feel. But overall, I still like her writing.

  2. She’s one of my favorite authors. I really need to read this one.

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