Best-selling novelist Anita Shreve dies at 71

From CBC - March 30, 2018

Anita Shreve, the best-selling novelist who explored how women responded to crises past and present in novelssuch as The Pilot's Wife, Testimonyand The Weight of Water, has died. She was 71.

Knopf editor Jordan Pavlin said in a statement Friday that Shreve's "writing has touched the lives of millions of readers around the world, and she did some of her most elegant, rich, and unforgettable work in the last years of her life."

"Her body of work is extraordinary, and her books will continue to be read for generations," Pavlin said.

Oprah's Book Club choice

Shreve's novels sold millions of copies, especially after Oprah Winfrey chose The Pilot's Wifefor her book club in 1999. Shreve was also a favourite source for Hollywood. The Pilot's Wife, Resistanceand The Weight of Waterall were adapted into movies.

Her literary honours included an O.Henry Prize for the story Past the Island, Driftingand being a finalist for England's Orange Prize for The Weight of Water. Shreve wrote 19 novels in all, and preferred to work in longhand.

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