Fortune's Rocks: A Novel

Fortune s Rocks A Novel Everywhere hailed for its emotional intensity and unflagging narrative momentum this magnificent novel transports us to the turn of the twentieth century to the world of a prominent Boston family su

  • Title: Fortune's Rocks: A Novel
  • Author: Anita Shreve
  • ISBN: 9780759542921
  • Page: 115
  • Format: ebook
  • Everywhere hailed for its emotional intensity and unflagging narrative momentum, this magnificent novel transports us to the turn of the twentieth century, to the world of a prominent Boston family summering on the New Hampshire coast, and to the social orbit of a spirited young woman who falls into a passionate, illicit affair with an older man, with cataclysmic results.

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    1. Anita Shreve

      Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts just outside Boston , the eldest of three daughters Early literary influences include having read Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school a short novel she still claims as one of her favorites and everything Eugene O Neill ever wrote while she was a senior to which she attributes a somewhat dark streak in her own work After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston In the middle of her last year, she quit something that, as a parent, she finds appalling now to start writing I had this panicky sensation that it was now or never Joking that she could wallpaper her bathroom with rejections from magazines for her short stories I really could have, she says , she published her early work in literary journals One of these stories, Past the Island, Drifting, won an O Henry prize Despite this accolade, she quickly learned that one couldn t make a living writing short fiction Switching to journalism, Shreve traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived for three years, working as a journalist for an African magazine One of her novels, The Last Time They Met, contains bits and pieces from her time in Africa.Returning to the United States, Shreve was a writer and editor for a number of magazines in New York Later, when she began her family, she turned to freelancing, publishing in the New York Times Magazine, New York magazine and dozens of others In 1989, she published her first novel, Eden Close Since then she has written 12 other novels, among them The Weight of Water, The Pilot s Wife, The Last Time They Met, A Wedding in December, and Body Surfing.In 1998, Shreve received the PEN L L Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction In 1999, she received a phone call from Oprah Winfrey, and The Pilot s Wife became the 25th selection of Oprah s Book Club and an international bestseller In April 2002, CBS aired the film version of The Pilot s Wife, starring Christine Lahti, and in fall 2002, The Weight of Water, starring Elizabeth Hurley and Sean Penn, was released in movie theaters Still in love with the novel form, Shreve writes only in that genre The best analogy I can give to describe writing for me is daydreaming, she says A certain amount of craft is brought to bear, but the experience feels very dreamlike Shreve is married to a man she met when she was 13 She has two children and three stepchildren, and in the last eight years has made tuition payments to seven colleges and universities.


    1. Onvan : Fortune's Rocks - Nevisande : Anita Shreve - ISBN : 316734837 - ISBN13 : 9780316734837 - Dar 528 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1999

    2. I have read and re-read this book literally dozens of times. Every time I take away from it something new. It's a coming-of-age story in the loosest sense of the word, because it's so much more than that. Shreve's writing just sings in this book. The opening scene, in which the 15-year-old main character makes her way across a beach as men gawk at her, is simply stunning. I can hear lines from this book in my head, they're so well written. Perhaps this book resonates particularly strongly becaus [...]

    3. I like to read Anita Shreve when I am tired out on "literary" novels but am not quite at the point where something by, say, Sophie Kinesella sounds appealing. Shreve's novels are usually romances of two kinds; ones that build to a tragic emotional climax, or ones that are centered around lost love or an event in the protagonist's past that gets revealed over the course of the novel. I like to call them "trashy reads," but in truth, I think Shreve usually brings quite a bit of quality to her work [...]

    4. Ok friends, I know Shreve's books can be a little questionable which is why I've only read one other, but this one is the winner. She got it together this time.I love this booka reluctant admittance. The story of forbidden love is wrong, right, sad, joyful, and just utterly romantic even in its sheer destruction. I think my feelings for this book may also be biased by things in my personal life around the time that really made me feel and understand all of the characters quite deeply. Anyway, th [...]

    5. Open the pages of Fortune’s Rocks by Anita Shreve and you’ll think you’ve stepped into the world of Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin or any number of other turn-of-the-century women writers whose novels were set in refined, confining Victorian society.Do not be fooled for an instant. Shreve’s novel is a pale imitation of those Grande Dames of Literature.Oh sure, Fortune’s Rocks—much like Wharton’s The Age of Innocence—is filled with scenes that would startle modern readers with their c [...]

    6. I think I'm one of the ones in the minority here. I had a difficult time getting into the book at first -- perhaps if Olympia had been a couple of years older at least. A 40+ year old man and a 15 year old girl. Ew. That said, I just didn't see any real chemistry between the two, outside of the sexual attraction for this life long supposed great love. I almost gave up when they started writing those long letters to each other, then it picked up around page 200 into her exile and attempt to regai [...]

    7. Guess what happens when a 15-year-old girl "falls in love" with a 41-year-old married man who can't keep his "passion" in his pants ? Hmmm. Basically, this is a nicely written Victorian-era romance novel, telling the age-old story of a grown man who can't control his impulses and desires, and a teenage girl who feels that she's a grown woman. Bad choices all around, but hey, I guess we've all either seen or heard it before, or done it ourselves. It's a good "beach book" with some troubling theme [...]

    8. Anita Shreve is one of my favorite authors, and this is an older book of hers that I've just now gotten around to reading. I usually like her books because they are very romantic, but also very literate. FORTUNE'S ROCKS may be my absolute favorite. I LOVED it. I read it in less than two days. Of course, the whole idea of a 15 year old girl and a 40+ man is pretty repulsive, but Shreve somehow makes it all work. You end up rooting for Olympia and Haskell even though you know you shouldn't. Olympi [...]

    9. An unbelievable tale of love and lose. I couldn't put this book down! I was up until 3am reading. My husband thought I was nuts. It is a tear jerker for any mother.

    10. Um dos melhores romances que alguma vez li. É imprevisível, historicamente fiel, sensível e um daqueles livros que parecem cheirar bem, sabem? Desde o primeiro capítulo, desde as primeiras linhas, quando a Olímpia caminha à beira mar, até ao derradeiro final, impensável até aí Vão amá-lo se querem explorar a possibilidade real de um amor impossívelNão sei se estão a ver é que o John Haskell é um médico de 41 anos com 4 crianças e uma mulher simpática, e a privilegiada Olímpi [...]

    11. GRRR. AAAGH. GAH. BLECH. WTF?! That's an approximation of the sound effects I made in my car (on repeat) while listening to this book. The decisions made by Olympia Biddeford continually frustrated me to the point of audibly expressing myself in the car. I tried to get on board with the relationship between Olympia & Haskell.It was 1900! Women got married younger! This could be love?But then every bone in my body would be like:NO! She is 15! He is 41! I don't care what year it is - he is a p [...]

    12. This is the second novel I’ve read by Anita Shreve, but right now I can’t remember what the first one I read was about. It was Strange Fits of Passion, which I read just 6 months ago, and I must have enjoyed it otherwise I wouldn’t have borrowed this one.Fortune’s Rock is the name of a coastal resort where Olympia Biddeford and her parents have a holiday home. It begins in the summer of 1899 when Olympia is 15. Suddenly she becomes a young woman, and within days is propelled into a passi [...]

    13. I can't really say that I liked this book, but I was interested enough in what happens to Olympia to finish. The story seemed to spend to much time on one period in Olympias life and felt jumpy when it skipped to the next. The setting and storyline was intriging enough right off the bat but it soon began to feel like a dime store romance. Had I ever read a dime store romance, I would guess that the authors use of language was somewhat better, but the smutiness was the same. I think that Olympia [...]

    14. This is definitely the best Shreve book I've read so far. From the first page, writing in the literary style of the Victorians, you have no doubt that this story is not a modern one. In 1899, Olympia Biddeford is nearing 16 years of age and vacationing at the family cottage at Fortune's Rocks. She lives a privileged, educated existence; an only child who seems rather lonely but quite mature for her years. There she meets a married man with 4 children, a friend of her father's nearly 3 times her [...]

    15. I started this book with trepidation. I had recently read Stella Bain which was a bust for me, I was not a fan. Having read a bunch of other Shreve books and enjoying most of them, I decided to give this one a try as it had been sitting on my shelf now for several years and it was time to move it along. What I didn't realize before starting this one was that the story involved a romance between a 15 yo girl and a 41 yo man! I reluctantly started. I am not a fan of romance and I was sure this lov [...]

    16. The plot was intriguing, the characters mildly interesting and the scene was stunning, but this book fell short for me. A period piece, I enjoyed reading about the turn of century along the New England coastline, and the life of a young girl, Olympia Biddeford, who is fifteen and being educated by her doting father. Unfortunately, the book went south for me when Olympia caught the eye of a married doctor, old enough to be her father and they began a furious love affair. No thought was given to t [...]

    17. This is on my list of top 3 hated books. It is about an affair between a 16 year old girl and a 40-something married man. Shreve tries to make this sound like a romance, but I just thought that this man was a child predator/molester/rapist and the whole thing turned my stomach. It is surprising that a woman would write this sort of garbage--it seems like some man writing his perverted fantasy.

    18. It's probably not fair for me to rate this book since I am not a fan of bodice ripping romances and don't generally read them. But I read this for a book club so I am now qualified to comment. I had a really hard time getting through the first half of the book. I was bothered by the initial, overwrought paragraph about Olympia morphing from a child to an adult by a walk across the beach when she somehow realizes everyone is lusting after her - stupid. The the 15 to 41 ages aside - I get really i [...]

    19. It's been a while since I read this book, but I recall carrying it around constantly hoping for the chance to read a page or two. The characters are so well developed that you feel you are living their experiences, and the scandalous drama that occurs throughout the book makes it even harder to put down. This isn't any kind of literary masterpiece, but it's highly entertaining. Isn't that what books are supposed to be anyway :)

    20. Epic!! I thought this book was so very good!! The first half made my upper lip sweat and I was reminded what it was like to be young and in love for the first time. The author describes the feelings, the thought process, the intensity so well that you are really remembering it all. Shreve does not smut love up nor does she describe the sexual act. She hints at it thereby also keeping true to the time periodearly 1900s. The entire book is a love story but one so layered, involved, and all encompa [...]

    21. I'm not sure how to review this book. First of all, I didn't like it being written from the third person view. The author missed an amazing opportunity to delve into the intense feelings that must have been going on inside or Olympia. Maybe she couldn't write about them because she's never experienced them to the level Olympia did. I have been there,so I know what the writer couldn't express.Let's see, what else? Haskell and Olympia are two people who experience that "connection" so many people [...]

    22. I loved this book - definitely my favorite Shreve book to date. I loved the setting and the characters. It is a wonderful love story - maybe a bit over the edge romance novelish in the details but the story saved it. In today's world Olympia wouldn't be so believable but for a turn-of-the-century female, only child, raised in a world of wealth and educated by her adoring father, I believed her character and her actions. Olympia & Haskell understood the consequences & they truly loved the [...]

    23. I love everything written by Anita Shreve before 2004. Great relationship books, great mystery about them, complex characters, unpredictablet necessarily happy.

    24. LOVED this book. Have been reading a bunch this summer, but not all of it has been well written like Fortune's Rocks. Highly recommend it!

    25. When a book keeps me up at night and I become obsessed with it and can't do anything else until I finish it, then I know it's a good one. This was a good one!

    26. Disappointing book club book. It’s SOOO not fun to tell someone face to face that you didn’t like their book club pick for the month. I couldn’t do it. Other could though. It was a difficult night. The characters all seemed unformed. The things they did, choices they made, and situations they put themselves in seemed contrived and not in keeping with their personality. The plot did keep me turning the pages but in more a gossip type newspaper way. It was an easy read, but I felt the ending [...]

    27. In the beginning this book is almost everything I least like reading. It's a historical love story set in 1899. If I hadn't read any of Shreve's books before I'd have given up then and there. I carried on reading about the affair between fifteen year old Olympia Biddeford and forty one year old married with four children John Haskell because I thought that Shreve must have something in mind other than a pure romance (or not-so-pure depending on which sense you apply pure in, I suppose). And of c [...]

    28. Um romance passado na Nova Inglaterra, no final do século XIX e início do século XX, em que a autora foca quer a classe mais rica, como também a classe dos franco-americanos que trabalham nas industrias têxteis.Como história principal, acompanhamos Olympia Biddeford, de 15 anos, que se apaixona por um amigo do seu pai, que tem 41 anos, á casado e pai de quatro filhos. Não posso dizer que esteja de acordo com o que Olympia e John fizeram, pois se há algo que não suporto é a traição, [...]

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