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Strange Fits of Passion by Anita Shreve

Strange Fits of Passion (1991)

by Anita Shreve

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book about domestic abusive, written in 1991 and set in 1971, when this just wasn't discussed. You knew early that Maureen/Mary killed her husband, but the chapters were written to an author by the different townsfolk where she fled after a severe beating that almost killed her. Intriguing to put the article at the end, and makes you wonder how much media contributed to the woman being disbelieved and convicted. ( )
  nancynova | Jan 16, 2018 |
A novel of a tragic story of domestic abuse.
  PendleHillLibrary | Feb 15, 2016 |
Quick read- couldn't put it down! Even though it starts with the end.. because you know how it ends with the narrator, you want to read and see how she gets there. A woman tells what it's like to meet and marry a man that abuses her and how you can get sucked into relationships without realizing it. (We need to stary true to ourselves!) ( )
  camplakejewel | Oct 22, 2013 |
I loved this book - I feel I somehow missed this novel when it came out in 2000 - it's the story of a women escaping from her abusive husband with her eight month old daughter - told from the perspectives of different local community members in the town she relocates to. It is powerful, frightening, shocking and heartbreaking. I read the book in one weekend. ( )
  colleensorensen | Nov 1, 2012 |
  jenny.whitman | Apr 8, 2012 |
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Strange fits of passion have I known: 
And I will dare to tell...
--William Wordswort
Once Again, for John
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On my book tours, I am often asked a number of questions: Did he really do it? Do I thik that she was justified? Did they do it for the money or for love?
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A labyrinthine tale of truth and deception from acclaimed novelist Anita Shreve
Everyone believes that Maureen and Harrold English, two successful New York City journalists, have a happy, stable marriage. It's the early '70s and no one discusses or even suspects domestic abuse. But after Maureen suffers another brutal beating, she flees with her infant daughter to a coastal town in Maine. The weeks pass slowly, and just as Maureen begins to settle into her new life and new identity, Harrold reappears, bringing the story to a violent, unforgettable climax.

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Mary Amesbury didn't run far enough. For soon there would be murder, a rape charge, and suicide in St. Hilaire. And then one last betrayal that would haunt her to the grave.

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