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BODY SURFING by Anita Shreve is out in paperback at 10.50 euros.

At the age of 29, Sydney has already been once divorced and once widowed.

Trying to find her footing again, she has answered an advertisement to tutor the teenage daughter of a well-to-do couple as they spend a sultry summer in their oceanfront New Hampshire cottage.

When the Edwards’ two grown sons, Ben and Jeff, arrive at the beach house, Sydney finds herself caught up in a destructive web of old tensions and bitter divisions. As the brothers vie for her affections, the fragile existence Sydney has rebuilt is threatened.

With the subtle wit, lyrical language and brilliant insight into real emotion that has led her to be called “a supremely elegant anatomist of the human heart” (The Times newspaper), Shreve weaves a story about risk, family, and the supreme courage that it takes to love. Relationships in all their guises are what Shreve writes about, and does it well.