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A Change in Altitude: A Novel by Anita Shreve

By Anita Shreve

Margaret and Patrick were married quite a few months once they trigger on what they desire can be an excellent adventure-a yr residing in Kenya. Margaret speedy realizes there's a good deal she doesn't learn about the complicated mores of her new domestic, and approximately her personal husband.

A British couple invitations the newlyweds to affix on a mountain climbing excursion to <st1:place w:st="on">Mount Kenya</st1:place>, and so they eagerly agree. yet in the course of their harrowing ascent, a terrible coincidence happens. within the aftermath of the tragedy, Margaret struggles to appreciate what occurred at the mountain and the way those occasions have reworked her and her marriage, might be forever.

A switch in Altitude illuminates the interior panorama of a pair, the irrevocable influence of tragedy, and the elusive nature of forgiveness. With attractive language and amazing emotional depth, Anita Shreve transports us to the unique panoramas of <st1:place w:st="on">Africa</st1:place> and into the middle of our such a lot intimate relationships.

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The men couldn’t complain; their tongues were too stiff. All they could do was foam at the mouth. The ladies looked at me questioningly. “Raúl is missing,” I mouthed, pointing at what I thought was the bathroom door. The ladies went into formation, ready to attack. I told them to keep quiet and not move their tails, especially Valentina. I hid under the table, because I knew Raúl wouldn’t come out without a gun. I took a big sip of rum and waited. Over a minute passed. The lock on the door started to turn very slowly, very carefully.

I saw the old yellow car they described in the newspaper go to the doctor’s house. Then there were shots. ” “Arquímides Batres,” I said. ” I got back in the Chevrolet. I drove aimlessly, my mind a complete blank. Some drivers looked at me with curiosity, others with hostility, and still others with obvious terror, as if they recognized us. I took a long drink of rum to try to clear my mind. I kept to little side streets to see if anyone was following us. Then I had a brilliant idea. We should go to a scrapyard, the only place where we could safely spend the night without anyone noticing the yellow Chevrolet.

I insisted. “We’re in all the headlines. ” They were on tenterhooks. I knew it would make no sense to try to convince them of the importance of being front-page news – a privilege normally reserved for politicians, criminals, and similar people. The ladies showed no interest in being a part of that riffraff. But there we were, nearly dominating the national news section. There were articles and interviews with witnesses who described deadly snakes, a bearded beggar and a yellow Chevrolet. I read a statement by Deputy Commissioner Lito Handal, who was in charge of the investigation, 43 with particular interest.

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