Fortune's Rocks: A Novel (Paperback)

Staff Pick Badge
Fortune's Rocks: A Novel By Anita Shreve Cover Image
IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days

Staff Reviews

Anita is a long-time independent bookseller favorite, from her very first books. And the votes poured in for this new one. "Shreve's new book is magnificent. Olympia Biddeford is an intriguing and unforgettable young protagonist. We follow her from adolescent innocence to sexual awakening, from passion to the complex consequences of that passion. She is one of many finely drawn and mostly sympathetic characters that round out this old-fashioned novel of manners, morals and brilliant historical context, set in the early 1900s in a small New England resort community. — Barbara Morrow


This magnificent novel transports readers to the world of a prominent Boston family summering on the New Hampshire coast, and to the social orbit of a spirited young woman who falls into a passionate, illicit affair with an older man, with cataclysmic results.
The Fortune Rock's Quartet
collects four of Anita Shreve's most beloved novels-Fortune's Rocks, The Pilot's Wife, Sea Glass, and Body Surfing-for the first time. The novels highlight Shreve's ability to illuminate women's lives across different eras and share a delightful detail: they are all set in the same coastal New England home, one that has inspired Shreve for over a decade. Any house with age to it can tell a million stories about the families who have lived there, and Shreve has been quoted as saying, ''You could base an entire life's work on the people who come in and out of a house.''

Fortune's Rocks depicts a spirited young woman at the turn of the 20th century who falls into a passionate, illicit affair with an older man. In Sea Glass, a young couple's new marriage is rocked to the core by the 1929 stock market crash. The Pilot's Wife brings us to the present day, where Kathryn is unprepared her for the late-night knock that lets her know her husband has been killed in a plane crash. Sydney, the heroine of Body Surfing has already been once divorced and once widowed by the age of 29, and finds the fragile existence she has rebuilt for herself threatened when two brothers vie for her affections.

"There's something addictive about Shreve's tales," according to USA Today, and this quality is on full display in the critically acclaimed novels of The Fortune Rock's Quartet. No one writes more compellingly than Anita Shreve about marriage, family, the depths of our strength and resolve, and the supreme courage that it takes to love.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316678100
ISBN-10: 0316678104
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2001
Pages: 480
Language: English