Fortune's Rocks

Fortune's Rocks

A Novel

Book - 1999
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Grand Central Pub
Everywhere hailed for its emotional intensity and unflagging narrative momentum, this magnificent novel transports us to the turn of the twentieth century, to the world of a prominent Boston family summering on the New Hampshire coast, and to the social orbit of a spirited young woman who falls into a passionate, illicit affair with an older man, with cataclysmic results.

Baker & Taylor
At a turn-of-the-century coastal resort in New Hampshire, young Olympia Biddeford is drawn into an intense love affair with a much older man, John Haskell, a married physician and activist, an affair that has a profound and long-reaching impact on everyone around them

Blackwell North Amer
On a beach in New Hampshire at the turn of the last century, a young woman is drawn into a rocky, disastrous passage to adulthood. Olympia Biddeford is the only child of a prominent Boston couple - a precocious and well-educated daughter, alive with ideas and flush with the first stirrings of maturity. Her summer at the family's vacation home in Fortune's Rocks is transformed by the arrival of a doctor, a friend of her father's, whose new book about mill-town laborers has caused a sensation. Olympia is captivated by his thinking, his stature, and his drive to do right - even as she is overwhelmed for the first time by irresistible sexual desire. She and the doctor - a married man, a father, and nearly three times her age - come together in an unthinkable, torturous, hopelessly passionate affair. Throwing aside propriety and self-preservation, Olympia plunges forward with cataclysmic results that are the price of straying in an unforgiving era.

Baker
& Taylor

At a turn-of-the-century coastal resort in New Hampshire, young Olympia Biddeford is drawn into an intense love affair with a much older man, John Haskell, a married physician and activist, an affair that has a profound and long-reaching impact on everyone around them. 75,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780965455572
0965455572
9780316781015
0316781010
9780316678100
0316678104
Characteristics: 453 p. ; 24 cm

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IV27HUjg
Mar 01, 2015

Read in 2001 & liked it.Reread 2015 - find it slow to get going with lots of young girl coming of age angst, love/lust for older man. Ah, but when it gets into the story it's believable & rewarding. Shreve tells a great story with flowing words.

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avalon_3
Nov 09, 2014

One of my favorite Anita Shreve's. The appearance of the fabled New Hampshire house that has been described in her other novels, peaks my interest once again. The description of how this house becomes part of yet another generation's life and what happens to the characters of this time draws me in every time.

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JackieFC13
Jan 08, 2014

This is a hard review to write because the topic of the book wasn't something that I like reading about but the writing and the feelings of the characters were so beautiful. It was absolutely addicting to find out what happened next. This isn't a light read but it isn't as heavy as a classic. I did not enjoy reading about a 41 year old and a 15 year old falling in love and causing the greatest scandal Fortune's Rocks has ever seen. The book was slightly predictable in the events through out the book but it was still a fantastic read. The reason it is 3 stars is only because I don't like the topic of the book - a married man cheats on his wife with a 15 year old girl and both lives are destroyed. I will definitely read more by this author because the writing style is so engrossing. Please don't discount the book because of the topic because it really was a great read. I enjoyed it.

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Susan_King
Feb 05, 2011

p. 400

JanyteDanute Jan 22, 2010

Loved the poetry and stunning details of a beautiful romance.

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