When an English biographer, Mr Moxton, sets out to write a story on the Rose Street Massacre of 1983, he interviews elderly Honora Beecher, one of the few remaining survivors. Centred around union labour and the textile mills of Depression-era New Hampshire, the massacre involved Honora's husband Sexton. Nearly fifty years have passed and, although she has plenty of time to reflect, the story is still hard to tell. Moxton wants to know everything and sets out to get Honora's and her late husband's life story to tell the tale. Seen from the alternating points of view of Mr Moxton and Honora Beecher, this is the story of two divergent lives, each experiencing love and loss, sorting our the past and looking for one thing and finding another.
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From its opening pages, Anita Shreve's Sea Glass surrounds the reader in the surprisingly rich feeling of the New Hampshire coast in winter. Vividly evoking the life of the coastal community at the beginning of the Great Depression, Sea Glass shifts through the multiple points of view of six principal characters; it's a skillfully created story of braided lives that bounces easily (even inevitably) from character to character. We learn how these lives come together following the stock market crash of 1929 and about the struggles of mill workers on the starkly beautiful New Hampshire coast during the following year. At the novel's center is the story of Honora Beecher, a young newlywed who compulsively collects sea glass along the beach as she collects unexpected friendship in her new beachside community, and Francis, a boy who discovers a father figure in the towering character of McDermott, an Irish mill worker, at a time when he most needs direction. Each character finds unexpected new purpose beyond the struggle to survive during that turbulent year among the dunes. First their lives barely touch, then they intersect, and finally they become inextricably bound. By the powerful and unexpected final scenes of the story, every point of view, every brilliant shard of life depends deeply on all the others. It is a very satisfying read--confidently told and deeply felt--with as many subtle colors and reflections as the sea glass that permeates the narrative. --Paul FordAbout the Author:
Anita Shreve is the author of the acclaimed novels Eden Close, Strange Fits of Passion, Where of When, Resistance, The Weight of Water and the international number one bestsellers The Pilot's Wife and Fortune's Rocks. She teaches writing at Amherst College and divides her time between Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Emilia Fox appeared in the BBC's Pride and Prejudice whilst still at university, and has gone on to star in Rebecca, David Copperfield and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). She also reads regularly on Radio 4 and has recently taken over from Amanda Burton in the TV series Silent Witness. Other Orion audiobooks read by Emilia are The Magical Chidlrens series by Sally Gardner and Sea Glass, by Anita Shreve and Labyrinth by Kate Mosse. KERRY SHALE's stage credits include HIS GIRL FRIDAY (National Theatre) and FROST/NIXON (West End). TV credits include LOVE SOUP, GIDEON'S DAUGHTER and 10 DAYS TO WAR. Films include Michael Winterbottom's GENOVA, CODE 46 and WELCOME TO SARAJEVO. He has won three Sony Radio Awards, the APA Award for Male Performer (UK) and the Audie Award for Best Male Reader (USA).
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