Rescue (Paperback)

By Anita Shreve

Back Bay Books, 9780316020732, 288pp.

Publication Date: June 27, 2011

December 2010 Indie Next List

“Rookie paramedic Peter Webster is sent to the scene of a car accident where he encounters a badly injured and drunken Sheila. Despite her lack of remorse for the accident or gratitude for her rescue, naive Webster begins a relationship with the secretive Sheila. Soon he finds life moving way too fast for his taste until, once again, an accident turns their lives upside down. Fifteen years later, can Webster face his own role in a difficult decision and learn to offer forgiveness, or will he continue running from life's many challenges?”
— Kristin Bates, McLean & Eakin Booksellers, Petoskey, MI
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Description

Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman out of a car wreck that should have killed her. Sheila Arsenault haunts his thoughts, and despite his misgivings Peter is soon embroiled in an intense love affair--and in Sheila's troubled world.

Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off course, and for the first time in their quiet life together Peter fears for her future. He seeks out the only person who may be able to help Rowan, although Sheila's return is sure to unleash all the questions he has carefully been keeping at bay: Why did a mother leave her family? How did the marriage of two people so deeply in love unravel?

A story about trespass and forgiveness, secrets and the seismic force of the truth, Rescue is a masterful portrayal of a family trying to understand its fractured past and begin again.



About the Author

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of 14 previous novels, including A Change in Altitude; Testimony; 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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