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The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve
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The Pilot's Wife (edition 2001)

by Anita Shreve

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Title:The Pilot's Wife
Authors:Anita Shreve
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2001), Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve

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Jack, Kathryn & Mattie Lyons have learned to live with a schedule that is not easy or normal. Jack's flights keep him away from his family for days, sometimes weeks, at a time. Mattie and Jack have a most loving relationship as father and daughter. Mattie sometimes rebels a little at her mother and seems more at ease with her father.
At one in the morning, Kathryn has to answer the door to a man who informs her that Jack has been involved in a crash over Ireland and that they have lost him and 104 others on the plane. Kathryn's world has fallen apart.
There are rumors that Jack committed suicide and therefore took the lives of the others on purpose. Kathryn can not fathom that that could be true. So she starts to do a little bit of soul-searching and researching on her own.
Her world then starts really crumbling. She finds out things about her husband that she never knew. And was she married to the man that she thought he was?

Really good writing. This book had me gripped from the very beginning. ( )
  JReynolds1959 | May 28, 2018 |
Once again i am going against the flow tho not surprised, in LIKING this book. However i should say up front that i WAS a pilots wife, AND i have worked at a flight school. I understood the fears the questions, the lifestyle
and the disappointments that come with being one. I understood the jargon. I understood cuz i have seen it.
I've only read a couple of Sheve's books ... but i will now actually seek them out! I love how her brain works and sees people. I love her writing flow.
For anyone who thinks this storyline is too unreal? Its not. ( )
  linda.marsheells | May 27, 2018 |
There are some nice passages and Shreve is good at describing scenes. You can visualize them. But I think what's missing is Jack's perspective. You don't know why he had an affair and even started a family with Muire. You don't know why he didn't tell Kathryn the truth about his mother. You don't know why as an American, he supported the IRA cause. But that might be the whole point - you can be very close to someone and yet don't know a lot of things about him/ her, and never would. ( )
  siok | May 27, 2018 |
A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plane flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable-one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question, How well can we ever really know another person?
  JESGalway | May 9, 2018 |
Audio - a classical story of "How on earth am I going to cope with this on top of everything else" and "how well can you possibly know anybody". I enjoyed the style and the (probably) highly authentic way of describing feelings under such circumstances, but felt that the IRA-part of the plot was unnecessary, adding an additional, distracting layer to the emotional setup that would have hab every right to remain pivotal.
  Kindlegohome | May 1, 2018 |
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A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plane flown by her husband Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable-one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question: How can we really ever know another person?
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, March 1999: With five novels to her credit, including the acclaimed The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve now offers a skillfully crafted exploration of the long reach of tragedy in The Pilot's Wife. News of Jack Lyons's fatal crash sends his wife into shock and emotional numbness:
Kathryn wished she could manage a coma. Instead, it seemed that quite the opposite had happened: She felt herself to be inside of a private weather system, one in which she was continuously tossed and buffeted by bits of news and information, sometimes chilled by thoughts of what lay immediately ahead, thawed by the kindness of others ... frequently drenched by memories that seemed to have no regard for circumstance or place, and then subjected to the nearly intolerable heat of reporters, photographers and curious on-lookers. It was a weather system with no logic, she had decided, no pattern, no progression, no form.
The situation becomes even more dire when the plane's black box is recovered, pinning responsibility for the crash on Jack. In an attempt to clear his name, Kathryn searches for any and all clues to the hours before the flight. Yet each discovery forces her to realize that she didn't know her husband of 16 years at all. Shreve's complex and highly convincing treatment of Kathryn's dilemma, coupled with intriguing minor characters and an expertly paced plot, makes The Pilot's Wife really take off.

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After his plane explodes, a pilot's wife hears rumors that he led a secret life, and she decides to find out who her husband really was.

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