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Anita Shreve


Anita Shreve grew up in Dedham, Massachusetts, the eldest of three daughters. Early literary influences include having read *Ethan Frome* by Edith Wharton when she was a junior in high school and everything Eugene O'Neill ever wrote while she was a senior. After graduating from Tufts University, she taught high school for a number of years in and around Boston. Returning to the United States, Shreve was a writer and editor for a number of magazines in New York. Later, when she began her family, she turned to freelancing, publishing in *the New York Times Magazine*, *New York* magazine and dozens of others. In 1989, she published her first novel, *Eden Close*. Since then she has written 12 other novels, among them *The Weight of Water*, *The Pilot's Wife*, *The Last Time They Met*, *A Wedding in December*, and *Body Surfing*. In 1998, Shreve received the PEN/L. L. Winship Award and the New England Book Award for fiction.