Sea Glass

Version: Abridged
Author: Anita Shreve
Narrator: Kyra Sedgwick
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: April 2002
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

The year is 1929 and Honora Beecher and her husband, Sexton, are just settling into a new marriage along the coast of New Hampshire. While Honora fixes up the house and searches for bits of sea glass on the beach, Sexton risks everything they own to buy the house they both love. Along with millions of other Americans, he is blindsided by the stock market crash and finds himself penniless. The only work he is able to find is in a nearby mill, where labor conflicts erupt into violence. Shaken by forces they scarcely understand, Honora and Sexton try to build a marriage and a home overwhelmed by passions of every kind.

About the reader:

KYRA SEDGWICK has earned two Golden Globe nominations for her roles in Something to Talk About and the TV movie .Miss Rose White. She has also appears in the movies Born on the Fourth of July, Phenomenon, Losing Chase and What's Cookin', and produced and starred in her own TV series called Talk to Me.

Reviews (11)

Sea Glass

Written by Anonymous on November 2nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I am a fan of Anita Shreve but didn't think this was one of her best books. It was just ok. I did however love the narrator. I think maybe the abridged version cut out a little too much. Maybe the unabridged version would be a better read.

Sea Glass

Written by Lisa from Vallejo, CA on December 19th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Anita Shreve has produced some great work! For those that are new to her work, try Fortunes Rock and Weight of Water. The Sea Glass CD was not involving to me as the actual read! I feel as though the abridged version takes away from the actual story and involvment/attachement we get from reading the book.

Sea Glass

Written by Kimberly S on July 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I loved this book! I wish I had known that it was a triology about the house....as I would have started with the first book before this one. The charcters are so real in this book as are the times and situations depcited.

Sea Glass

Written by Anonymous on June 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Anita Shreve - I have enjoyed all of her books and this one too.

Sea Glass

Written by Paula Gutierrez on August 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I've read other Anita Shreve selections and thoroughly enjoyed them, but this one was quite disappointing. It was too segmented and difficult to follow at times. My advice would be to skip this one.

Sea Glass

Written by Anonymous from Chicago, IL on July 13th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book - I liked the way the characters were introduced, developed and the way they all became intertwined. I found it very interesting that the main house in this book is the same house where Pilot's Wife and Fortune's Rocks takes place; two of my all time favorite books. There were several times during this book that I stayed in the car to hear "Just a little bit more". And the ending - I just sat for the extra 20 minutes to hear how it all played out.

Sea Glass

Written by Anonymous on January 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved it! Looked forward to my commute. Very rich story, one of my favorites!

SEA GLASS

Written by TJR from FORT COLLINS, CO on April 8th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I disagree with the other reviews -- I thought the cd book was very well laid out, characters were well defined and entertaining. This was a love story of sorts.

i love sea glass

Written by Stephanie Marshall on March 10th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I love sea glass, but not this audio! If you like a good tear jerker, then this book is for you. I listen to romance novels for a happy ending. Maybe this book should be listed in a different category. I was really mad for the time I wasted! NEXT!!!!!!!

Sea Glass

Written by Anonymous on February 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book was okay..nothing special or deep....but a pleasant time filler. A bit too dramatic for my taste..peopled with cardbaord characters.

Author Details

Author Details

Shreve, Anita

For many readers, the appeal of Anita Shreve’s novels is their ability to combine all of the escapist elements of a good beach read with the kind of thoughtful complexity not generally associated with romantic fiction. Shreve’s books are loaded with enough adultery, eroticism, and passion to make anyone keep flipping the pages, but the writer whom People magazine once dubbed a “master storyteller” is also concerned with the complexities of her characters’ motivations, relationships, and lives.

Shreve’s novels draw on her diverse experiences as a teacher and journalist: she began writing fiction while teaching high school, and was awarded an O. Henry Prize in 1975 for her story, “Past the Island, Drifting.” She then spent several years working as a journalist in Africa, and later returned to the States to raise her children. In the 1980s, she wrote about women’s issues, which resulted in two nonfiction books -- Remaking Motherhood and Women Together, Women Alone -- before breaking into mainstream fiction with Eden Close in 1989.

This interest in women’s lives -- their struggles and success, families and friendships -- informs all of Shreve’s fiction. The combination of her journalist’s eye for detail and her literary ear for the telling turn of phrase mean that Shreve can spin a story that is dense, atmospheric, and believable. Shreve incorporates the pull of the sea -- the inexorable tides, the unpredictable surf -- into her characters’ lives the way Willa Cather worked the beauty and wildness of the Midwestern plains into her fiction. In Fortune’s Rocks and The Weight of Water, the sea becomes a character itself, evocative and ultimately consuming. In Sea Glass, Shreve takes the metaphor as far as she can, where characters are tested again and again, only to emerge stronger by surviving the ravages of life.

A domestic sensualist, Shreve makes use of the emblems of household life to a high degree, letting a home tell its stories just as much as its inhabitants do, and even recycling the same house through different books and periods of time, giving it a sort of palimpsest effect, in which old stories burn through the newer ones, creating a historical montage. "A house with any kind of age will have dozens of stories to tell," she says. "I suppose if a novelist could live long enough, one could base an entire oeuvre on the lives that weave in and out of an antique house."

Shreve’s work is sometimes categorized as “women’s fiction,” because of her focus on women’s sensibilties and plights. But her evocative and precise language and imagery take her beyond category fiction, and moderate the vein of sentimentality which threads through her books. Moreover, her kaleidoscopic view of history, her iron grip on the details and detritus of 19th-century life (which she sometimes intersperses with a 20th-century story), and her uncanny ability to replicate 19th-century dialogue without sounding fusty or fussy, make for novels that that are always absorbing and often riveting. If she has a flaw, it is that her imagery is sometimes too cinematic, but one can hardly fault her for that: after all, the call of Hollywood is surely as strong as the call of the sea for a writer as talented as Shreve.