The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

The Pilot's WifeOpening Sentence:She heard a knocking, and then a dog barking.
Synopsis:A pilot’s wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Katherine Lyons receives word that a plane flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable – one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question. How well can we ever really know another person?
Comments:The Pilot’s Wife is an eloquent portrayal of the grief felt when someone close to us dies suddenly. This grief, and the accompanying anger, are exacerbated when we learn that our lover, the person we thought we knew best, is not the person we thought them to be. We can all expect to learn minor secrets about our loved ones in this situation, but what happens when the facts we learn are major? When we learn that our lover has been leading a whole other existence? This book deals with just that situation. The Pilot’s Wife is an engrossing, evocative and poignant read that is not to be missed.

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