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 1970s Kenya… 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 1970s Kenya… 2009-09-22 Fiction Little Brown & Company
Book Review

A Change in Altitude (2009)

A Change in Altitude | A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 22, 2009; Writer: Anita Shreve; Genre: Fiction; 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 Sep 29, 2009 Published in issue #1069-1070 Oct 09, 2009 Order article reprints