Testimony (Mass Market Paperbound)

By Anita Shreve

Little Brown and Company, 9780316080514, 324pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2010



A sex scandal at a New England boarding school unleashes a storm of shame and recrimination throughout the small community. A chorus of voices--those of the men, women, and teenagers involved--details the events of that night and their aftermath.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve brings us a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the impulses that drive ordinary people into intolerable dilemmas, or the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

About the Author

Anita Shreve is the author of fifteen critically acclaimed and bestselling novels, including A Change in Altitude, 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.

Praise For Testimony

"A tale that is mesmerizing, hypnotic, and compulsive. No one walks away unscathed, and that includes the reader."
-Library Journal

"Gripping....Shreve sets us down in a swirling drama that ruins lives, ends one, all stemming from a night of drunken abandon at a prep school."
-New York Daily News

" Contrasting the sweetness of young love with the primal recklessness of lust, Shreve paints a chilling portrait of how bad decisions in brief moments can ruin lives."


"Gripping. . . . TESTIMONY will break your heart even as you race on to the next page."
-Houston Chronicle

"Haunting....Paced like a thriller, TESTIMONY sustains its intensity to the end."