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Shreve, Anita

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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 compellinglyexplores 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.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316059862
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 307 p. ; 25 cm


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Dec 08, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Analysis of an emotional disaster that arises from a moment of teenage sexual experimentation. Great narrative skillfully written from multiple perspectives.

Jan 29, 2014
  • Jtrivilino rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Anita Shreve has a remarkable ability to reveal the thoughts of her characters. I was nodding my head in agreement as she styled the thoughts of each character. I found the story realistic and heart wrenching. I loved it as I have loved her other works.

May 02, 2012
  • mikeyppl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A profoundly sad story. Excellently written from the viewpoint of various characters.

May 02, 2012
  • FRANCYNE PELCHAR rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A compelling novel that speaks to contemporary moral issues and the way Internet technology affects situations which in the past stayed local.
I've read it twice and recommned it highly.

Sep 05, 2011
  • Vandyoak rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Excellent writing and the subject matter is very relevant. I do wish that the character of the girl involved had been a little more fleshed out.

Not a fun read, but a good one.

Jul 29, 2011
  • tw1629 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Although this book has an interesting subject matter and the manner it is written (each chapter is a different person's perspective) is intriquing, the story itself left me feeling sad, almost to the point of wishing I hadn't read it! But the situation is realistic even if it is a sad story. I couldn't put the book down because I was so anxious for what was going to be revealed next! So, since that is a good indicator of a book's worth, I would recommend it. But be prepared for an unhappy ending...

Dec 10, 2010
  • youngdi rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

gripping and scarily true


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