Body surfing by Anita Shreve

About the book

At the age of twenty-nine, 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. But 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.

Reviewed by Boaters Book Club

The meaning of the book and its title were discussed (considered a metaphor of life). The descriptions were considered good especially of the beach house, the area and its society. Generally the relationships and characters/personalities were found interesting and the emotions well shown. Most found the jilting at the wedding hard to take. Most liked it and considered it a quick and easy read ,although there were too many “bolt on” bits, and some found the narrative lacking.

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