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Testimony By Anita Shreve Testimony At a New England boarding school a sex scandal is about to break Even shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape A Pandora s box of revelations the tape

  • Title: Testimony
  • Author: Anita Shreve
  • ISBN: 9780316059862
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Testimony By Anita Shreve At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break Even 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 destroyedAt a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break Even 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 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.
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    About "Anita Shreve"

    1. Anita Shreve

      Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts just outside Boston , the eldest of three daughters Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school a short novel she still claims as one of her favorites and everything Eugene O Neill ever wrote while she was a senior to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston In the middle of her last year, she quit something that, as a parent, she finds appalling now to start writing I had this panicky sensation that it was now or never Joking that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejections from magazines for her short stories I really could have, she says , she published her early work in literary journals One of these stories, Past the Island, Drifting, won an O Henry prize Despite this accolade, she quickly learned that one couldn t make a living writing short fiction Switching to journalism, Shreve traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for three years, working as a journalist for an African magazine One of her novels, The Last Time They Met, contains bits and pieces from her time in Africa.Returning to the United States, Shreve was a writer and editor for a number of magazines in New York Later, when she began her family, she turned to freelancing, publishing in the New York Times Magazine, New York magazine and dozens of others In 1989, she published her first novel, Eden Close Since then she has written 12 other novels, among them The Weight of Water, The Pilot s Wife, The Last Time They Met, A Wedding in December, and Body Surfing.In 1998, Shreve received the PEN L L Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction In 1999, she received a phone call from Oprah Winfrey, and The Pilot s Wife became the 25th selection of Oprah s Book Club and an international bestseller In April 2002, CBS aired the film version of The Pilot s Wife, starring Christine Lahti, and in fall 2002, The Weight of Water, starring Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn, was released in movie theaters Still in love with the novel form, Shreve writes only in that genre The best analogy I can give to describe writing for me is daydreaming, she says A certain amount of craft is brought to bear, but the experience feels very dreamlike Shreve is married to a man she met when she was 13 She has two children and three stepchildren, and in the last eight years has made tuition payments to seven colleges and universities.

    220 thoughts on “Testimony”

    1. Such a sad but compelling story beautifully told The first chapter is very confronting as the scene is set for what is to come Then the author presents the sorry tale bit by bit, using each chapter for a different point of view I found myself on the edge of my seat waiting for the final horrible thing that I knew must happen but when it did, the reason for it was not what I expected.I thought it was all very thought provoking and very cleverly done So sad that a few short, ill judged minutes cou [...]


    2. I had trouble rating this book it is definetly a page turner, so why only two stars I found the storyline riveting, but the writing style took me many pages to get used to overly simplistic at times I also felt that it had too many frivolous descriptions I found myself skimming to find actions, feelings, and dialogue During the first half of the book, I was saying, I do not like this book at all, but as I read further, I discovered the value of it as a lesson to be learned about how one poor de [...]


    3. This was a bookclub read and would not be my usual choice in a book as I am not a fan of Anita Shreve and having read the blurb on this book thought the story sounded different and interesting.The story is about a sex scandal involving 3 boys and one 14yr old girl and is told from the prospective of all those involved and affected by this scandal The opening few pages shocked me and I wondered how Shreve would handle the rest of the story how in depth she would go with her characters and their r [...]


    4. I really enjoyed the book Testimony by Anita Shreve Once I started reading I found it very hard to put down and finished it within 2 days The story revolves around Avery Academy, a small private High School where a sex scandal involving the students was captured on video tape and has shocked the small community A retelling of the events leading up to the tragic night told by many of those directly and indirectly involved I was quite drawn in to the characters sadness and pain I felt for them as [...]


    5. I discover that it is possible to be angry with someone who has died It is possible to believe that you will die from grief, that somehow your breathing will catch itself up and simply stop It is possible to believe that you could have stopped the terrible thing that happened at any time, if only you had known It is possible to wonder how they could have done this to you, could have left you and not said good bye It is possible to know that your life will never be the same again Never No matter [...]


    6. I really looked forward to reading this book, but ended up being disappointed I liked the plot, and I liked the idea of hearing the story from different characters points of view, but ultimately I feel that the format caused a breakdown in the action and prevented the plot from clearly being executed There were too many characters and descriptions that didn t do anything for the story, and too many parts that didn t fit Two big points of contention for me were Mike and Anna s relationship, and t [...]


    7. I made it to page 83 and in the middle of a random paragraph asked myself Why am I reading this The writing style flipping between characters and times is a tad confusing There are too many people involved, which meant I didn t give a flying leap about any of them I suppose we re meant to feel sorry for some, but I didn tThere are too many GREAT books out there waiting for me to read them, so I m not going to force myself to finish this one.


    8. For such a tragically pertinent issue in our society sexual abuse exploitation of vulnerable young women this book sure missed its opportunity for profound contribution to the dialogue.We live in a terrifyingly brave new world for our hyper sexualised young women They are raised in a utterly sex saturated culture, where women are now wrongly taught that objectification promiscuity female empowerment We blithely brush over the endangerment inherent in the new era of rampant, narcissistic social m [...]


    9. I wasn t at all sure I was going to finish reading this book when I first started it The idea of a graphic sex scandal involving a very young teen did not appeal to me I hate reading about that stuff I ordered it just because it was a new Anita Shreve, not even really paying attention or caring about the premise This author always manages to draw me in with her writing, however, and this book was no exception Within the first few chapters I was hooked and stayed that way The graphic stuff is dea [...]


    10. I had high hopes for such a compelling plot, but I was ultimately disappointed The structure was appealing chapters are the voices of alternating characters and members of the community touched by this prestigious high school sex scandal This structure also created a building momentum, and I was waiting and waiting for bigger revelations, but the twists and turns were obvious, and in the places where the author had room to startle the reader, she just seemed to fall flat.


    11. This one s a definite sleep stealer I stayed up until 3 30 a.m to finish it, then couldn t get to sleep for thinking about it It s quite a departure from Shreve s usual style and content, so give it a try even if you think you don t care for her work The story revolves around some drunken sexual antics in a boarding school dorm room that are caught on video tape.Shreve uses a large number of voices or points of view, which has the potential to be cumbersome I thought she handled it very deftly, [...]


    12. I ve read a few of Anita Shreve s novels and liked them Testimony was no different It s a very powerful story that grabs your attention from the beginning and keeps you hooked to the end.The beginning of the novel introduces us to a devastating videotape that involves two boys 18 years old, one boy 19 years old and a very young girl, aged 14 The tape shows them involved in very explicit sexual acts They are all very clearly drunk This tape ends up falling into the headmaster s hands and he scram [...]


    13. What a page turner This whole story is told from multiple perspectives and each chapter is a different voice in this story I loved how the chapters represented different emotions and told the story one step at a time using multiple voices It was a great way to develop the characters I was attached to many of them and deeply rooting for them, all the while knowing that it wasn t going to wrap up with a happy ending Avery Academy is a private school in the outskirts of Vermont, gearing students up [...]


    14. I was lucky enough to get a galley of this book, and I zipped right through it It s likely inspired by the Duke Lacrosse scandal, as it revolves around a similar scandal at an upscale New Hampshire prep school The chapters are told from the various points of view of the people involved, from the basketball players, parents, alleged victim, friends, and school administrators The story moves very quickly and definitely makes the point that every story has multiple interpretations and how the actio [...]


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    16. I am a sucker for a boarding school book And this one has it all Scandal, scandal, scandal Great for a plane or a beach or anyone who can t resist snowy high school drama.



    17. Definitely just an ok read It was quick Margins were wide and lots of space between the lines Some reviewer of a different book saw this as a sign that a book of little substance was somehow being made to appear larger Surely applies to this book The chapter format was annoying too many changes from first person to narrator to whatever The entire premise was bogus two years after a some kids at a private school are caught up in a sex scandal, a researcher contacts various individuals who had kno [...]


    18. It is the first Anita Shreve I read and it was a book that travels It landed at our place, left by a guest So it was not a book I would normally buy and did not know what to expect The private school sex scandal, starting the book in graphic detail almost had me put it down It was not my kind of book at all But then the story pulled me in The different characters relate their involvement one by one in each chapter and although it was annoying in the beginning, it soon made sense Although the tap [...]


    19. My first Anita Shreve book and I really enjoyed it and read in 36 hours The book is a bit jerky as it is told by a lot of different characters What is fascinating is how a bit of bad behaviour spirals into catastrophe for a lot of people I will definitely read by her.


    20. In a small Vermont village, most known for its private boarding school for the privileged children of the wealthy, and some who are there on scholarships, a scandal is brewing.We see the story unveiled, piece by piece, in the voices of the participants First we learn of a tape, discovered by Mike Bordwin, the headmaster of Avery Academy It is a sex tape and it reveals the activities of some of the best and brightest along with the unfortunate appearance on the tape of a fourteen year old girl wh [...]


    21. I found this book profoundly unsettling, as a mom, and a past wild child boarding school attendee There is a passage where a mother ponders The Phone Call and as a mother how every day you wait for the phone call, and you worry, and you wonder, what is it going to be, and am I going to be the lucky one that never receives the phone call, that never meets the police at her door in the dead of night It reduced me to tears and cost me some sleep.That said I think that this book also touches on an i [...]


    22. I didn t appreciate the graphic sex, nor did I actually appreciate the fiction I found myself wanting to read the police reports, court reports and pyschological profiles of the incidents and people who inspired this fiction book.Here is a quote from the book that I thought had merit I held on to the story at the Globe for as long as it lasted I received a Pulitzer for my work on it I could go on and on about the ethics of accepting a prize for a sordid tale about alcohol abuse, sexual assault, [...]


    23. The first chapter is pretty graphic but you have to get through it to understand the rest of the book The chapters are told from the perspective of different people involved in a sex scandal at a prep school in Vermont You learn how this scandal affects people in different ways, and in the end you wonder how it could have been prevented I think this would make parents think twice about shipping off their teenagers to a high school many miles away from home who s really watching them and are they [...]


    24. Testimony by Anita Shreve, which will be released on Oct 21, was such a surprise in my mailbox from Hatchette Group s Miriam Parker Thanks, Miriam I met Anita Shreve at the 2002 National Book Festival signing in Washington, D.C I ve been in love with her writing since I first read The Pilot s Wife many years before that, and I will admit here that I ve tried to emulate her style in my own writing, though my writing has not met muster.Testimony is one of those novels that slowly draws you into a [...]


    25. I read this book at my sister s insistence, partially because she felt that the way the story was told amounted to little that victim blaming and rape culture Now, having read the book, I understand why she felt that way, but I also see to it than that The why That s easy There s a video with a bunch of guys 18 19 fooling around with a 14 year old, and the first thing that the headmaster of the school says upon viewing it is that it looked like the girl knew what she was doing This novel is to [...]


    26. Provocative topic, excellent reminder of why teenage acts can have such devastating consequences they have no sense of perspective yet they haven t lived long enough to understand they can move past something Quick read and interesting development of story through the eyes of many players However, characters and relationships are a little too good and a little too bad to not be a little annoying unbelievable One annoying criticism is that a central piece of suspense throughout the book is finall [...]


    27. Excellent audiobook narrated by several outstanding readers The story unfolds in a Vermont elite boarding school when several older boys are involved in sexual activities with a 14 year old girl The story is told from the point of view of the kids involved, the girl, the girl s roommate, the parents, the headmaster All insightful As the mother of 3 boys, much of the thoughts of the parents are thoughts that ran through my mind at one time or another Not that I ever had these issues with any of m [...]


    28. This is one of the saddest, most disturbing books I have ever read My stomach was in knots most of the way through, yet I am glad I read it and I hope you will read it, too I don t want to discuss the plot or the writing, I only want to say I don t think I ll ever forget the story, and I want to share a couple of quotes that twisted my heart and took my breath and you ll remember, and it ll catch you up, and you ll realize how fast, how fast, a life can get all twisted around A single action can [...]


    29. The premise of this book was disturbing enough on its own Add in Shreve s decision to tell the story through the varying points of view of the key players, and this book was down right troublesome A powerfully written book showing how selfish decisions can be extremely far reaching with inconceivable consequences.


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