A Change in Altitude

A Change in Altitude

A Novel

Book - 2009 relese dte - 2009/09/22
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Baker & Taylor
Struggling to maintain her sense of self and her understanding of the world while spending the first year of her marriage in Kenya, Geraldine participates in a climbing expedition to Mt. Kenya and is challenged to come to terms with a devastating accident. By the Orange-finalist author of Testimony. 400,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure - a year living in Kenya. While Patrick practices equatorial medicine, Margaret works as a photojournalist, capturing a dizzying and sometimes dangerous multicultural city on film. Shuttling between tony expatriate suburbs and squalid shantytowns, Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.
A British couple invites the newlyweds to join them on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, the unthinkable happens. In a reckless moment, a horrific accident occurs, and a life is claimed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.
When small actions have unintended, catastrophic consequences, where does responsibility lie, and can the calculation of blame ever be truly finished? Revealing and intimate, A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness.

Hachette Book Group
Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.

A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to Mount Kenya, and they eagerly agree. But during their harrowing ascent, a horrific accident occurs. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to understand what happened on the mountain and how these events have transformed her and her marriage, perhaps forever.

A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of Africa and into the core of our most intimate relationships.

Baker
& Taylor

Struggling to maintain her sense of self and her understanding of the world while spending the first year of her marriage in Kenya, Margaret participates in a climbing expedition to Mt. Kenya and is challenged to come to terms with a devastating accident.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2009. [release date - 2009/09/22]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316020701
0316020702
Branch Call Number: FICTION SHREVE
Characteristics: 307 p

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ninica
Apr 27, 2016

Well... I'll be honest: this novel falls short on so many levels that I'm not even certain that you can call it a novel... It started off with a very interesting plot but by Part 2 it just became a poor excuse for a book. Shreve basically sabotaged anything that could have, in my opinion, enhanced the storyline and made it interesting.

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dgrace
Nov 13, 2011

Good - but agree it's not one of her best. The descriptions of Africa and the people are the most interesting parts of the book.

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milano88
May 01, 2011

Not one of Shreve's best. Don't hold out for a good ending.

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21221012271000
Sep 07, 2010

A US couple --- Patrick a physician and Margaret a photojournalist --- set for an (3-yr) adventure in Kenya.

They befriend a British couple --- Arthur and Diana --- already living there.

The two couples plan scaling Mount Kenya. Diana slips off the glacier and dies.

this book relates the irrevocable impact of tragedy and the elusive nature of forgiveness.

Good read.

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redwallflower
Jul 20, 2010

The descriptions of Africa were the only parts of this book that held my interest. I was indifferent towards the characters in this book and found the circumstances that led to the breaking point for this couple to be ridiculous. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone other than Anita Shreve fans.

I remember not being so impressed with The Pilot's Wife when I read it years ago. I feel the same way about this one.

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verojaz
Mar 16, 2010

I like this book too much. It is not only a novel. It describes places in Africa that really makes you imagine those places.

Good! Easy reading for relaxing

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