Thursday, 7 February 2013
Anita Shreve's story Sea Glass sems to be a quiet novel, gentle, apparently a bit like the heroine. But appearances can be deceptive, and the tension mounts slowly to a very shocking event which has life-changing effects on all the characters. I hadn't for some reason read any books by Anita Shreve before, and found this story very readable, with believable characters and lovely descriptions of how Honora and her husband start to make a life for themselves in a small seaside summer resort. But the Wall Street crash of 1929 will have devasting results for the couple, and for the people they get to know in the small mill town nearby. The deepening effects of the Crash and how different people react to it make for a fascinating read.