Margaret and Patrick have been married just a few months when they set off on what they hope will be a great adventure-a year living in Kenya. Margaret quickly realizes there is a great deal she doesn't know about the complex mores of her new home, and about her own husband.
A British couple invites the newlyweds to join on a climbing expedition to
A Change in Altitude illuminates the inner landscape of a couple, the irrevocable impact of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With stunning language and striking emotional intensity, Anita Shreve transports us to the exotic panoramas of
In the days before she was a bestselling novelist, Anita Shreve worked in Kenya as journalist, and she has crafted a literary portrait of the lush African countryside and the delicate politics of post-colonialism which absolutely shimmers with the lucid relevance of memory. Her story centers on a pair of British newlyweds, Margaret and Patrick, who move to Kenya for a year and find that their relationship is irrevocably altered once they have left the comfort of their native land. At first, they try to talk around their anxiety and sudden discomfort with the land, the people, and each other, but a tragic incident on a mountainside forces them to expose their hidden doubts and fears. Shreve masterfully mingles an intricate analysis of the complexities of marriage, where the most essential expressions are often subtle, silent gestures, with a grand exploration of the glorious wilderness of Kenya.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Love + Relationships + Sex, Types of Characters, Settings, Politics, Psychology, Conflicts + Dualities
- May 4, 2010
- May 4, 2010
- Anita Shreve