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Testimony: A Novel
by Anita Shreve

Published: 2008-09-27
Kindle Edition : 321 pages
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At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices--those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents ...
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At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices--those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal--that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in TESTIMONY a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.

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  "It was a hard read!"by shannonpeelman (see profile) 11/15/10

 
  "Testimony"by auntpas (see profile) 11/02/10

 
  "Disturbing reading"by mpollack (see profile) 05/22/10

The fragility of our lives and how easily they are destroyed by one reckless act - frightening stuff and disturbing. The book is a quick read, well done and stays with you. Made me want to hug my 15... (read more)

 
  "testimony"by fearless (see profile) 05/13/10

It was very well written. It made me think.

 
  "Testimony"by gdeming (see profile) 04/22/10

The headmaster's attitude was a bit unrealistic in the beginning. He acted shocked that boys could do this "terrible" thing. It was an uncomfortable book to read and tragic in it's aftermath.

 
  "Each "testimony" about a shocking event in a small private school provides another piece of the puzzle."by corron2 (see profile) 04/13/10

We liked this book as a vehicle for discussion but did not feel it was a striking piece of literature. Still, it was a good story that raised relevant issues.

 
  "Uninsightful, characterless despite a multitude of characters"by REWall (see profile) 04/05/10

This was the first book I have read by Anita Shreve, and I have not been inspired to read another. The characters lack depth and did not educe any empathy from me; they were mere sketches. H... (read more)

 
  "Couldn't put it down!"by KristiK (see profile) 08/19/09

This is a brilliant book club choice as it lends itself to much discussion of controversial characters and issues alike. Easy to read and a page turner at that!
Kristi Bryant, UVA Sisters Book Club

 
  "A great read for book clubs"by KristiK (see profile) 08/09/09

Definitely a page turner that will lend itself to much discussion in any book club. Quite thought provoking to see how these characters relate to a traumatic life-altering event.

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