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All He Ever Wanted

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25th May 2005

Price: £9.99

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2005

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Selected: Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780349115580

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A man escaping from a hotel fire sees a woman standing beneath a tree. He approaches her and sets in motion a series of events that will change his life forever. Years later, travelling from New England to Florida by train, he reflects back on his obsession with this unknown and ultimately unknowable woman — his courtship of her, his marriage to her, and the unforgivable act that ripped their family apart.

Spanning three decades from 1899 to 1933, ALL HE EVER WANTED gives us a tale of marriage, betrayal and the search for redemption. It has the unmatched attention to details of character, place and emotion that have made Anita Shreve one of the world’s best-loved and bestselling novelists.

Reviews

SUNDAY TIMES
Fluent and purposeful in its portrayal of the despair and claustrophobia seething beneath an ordered surface
JOANNE HARRIS
Etna is a woman operating under rigorous and agonising self-discipline. Volcanic passions exist beneath her submissive façade
SUNDAY TIMES
*'A painful tale of obsession . . . impeccably done
GUARDIAN
Shreve is prolific, polished, unputdownable. Above all, she delivers serious topics with a readable touch
JOANNE HARRIS
Etna is a woman operating under rigorous and agonising self-discipline. Volcanic passions exist beneath her submissive facade