While teaching high school, American novelist Anita Shreve quit halfway through her last year due to a “panicky sensation that it was now or never” to begin her writing career. This move has paid off for the award winning, bestselling author, once dubbed by People magazine as a “master storyteller”. Her first published story, Past the Island Drifting, won an O. Henry Prize (awarded to exceptional short stories) a year after it hit bookshelves in 1976. Despite her early success, shortly after receiving the award she stepped away from fiction and became a journalist. Finally, in 1989 she switched back to fiction fulltime, but she didn’t make international bestseller status until after receiving a phone call ten years later. Oprah was on the other end, and The Pilot’s Wife became the 25th selection of the Oprah’s Book Club in 1999. Her seventeenth and newest novel, Stella Bain, releases November 12th. Set in both London and America during World War II, it’s a haunting story of love and the meaning of memory.
Books by Anita Shreve can be found on the “Featured Author” display on the second floor at the Main Library.