Testimony

By Anita Shreve
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316067348, 352pp.)

Publication Date: May 5, 2009

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the December 2008 Indie Notables
“This book shows the impact of a school sex scandal on the students, the parents, and the faculty of a small New England boarding school. The characters are deftly written, and the mother of one of the male students involved is especially well drawn and heartbreaking.”
-- Terry Lucas, The Open Book, Westhampton Bch, NY


Description

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.




About the Author

Anita Shreve is the critically acclaimed author of fourteen novels, including Body Surfing, The Pilot's Wife, which was a selection of Oprah's Book Club, and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England's Orange Prize. She lives in Massachusetts.

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