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A Change in Altitude In A Change in Latitude, Anita Shreve abandons her familiar New England settings for the arid plains and lush expat gardens of ...A Change in AltitudeFiction In A Change in Latitude, Anita Shreve abandons her familiar New England settings for the arid plains and lush expat gardens of ...2009-10-02Little Brown & Company
A Change in Altitude
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A Change in Altitude

Genre: Fiction; Author: Anita Shreve; Status: In Season; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

In A Change in Latitude, Anita Shreve abandons her familiar New England settings for the arid plains and lush expat gardens of 1970s Kenya — though she imports the sudden tragedies that habitually center her fiction. Freshly minted doctor Patrick and photojournalist Margaret are newlyweds just finding their footing in Nairobi — and in their marriage — when a mountain-climbing accident spins their world off its axis. Shreve, who spent three years in Africa as a young woman, brings the continent vividly to life, but never quite injects her characters with the same immediacy. Margaret remains a cipher, and not a particularly likable one at that; it’s as if she exists behind a hazy scrim of mosquito netting — of the story, but never truly in it. B?

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Originally posted October 2 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT

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