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Rescue - Anita Shreve Anita Shreve's stories are deceptively simple and this one is no different. Her words will suck you in and you won't realize what you have read until after you have finished it. In the end, you will reflect on her novels and always remember them, questioning the actions of her characters. Did they do the right thing? And of course, like life itself, there is no easy answer. My book group always chooses her novels since they always spark intense discussion.Her new novel, Rescue, is a cautionary tale about what happens when parents aren't completely honest with their children. Peter Webster is raising his daughter Rowan after sending his alcoholic wife, Sheila, away when she has her second drunk driving accident with baby Rowan in the car. Rowan grows up to be a responsible young adult, but as she enters her senior year, she starts to question her life and rebel. Her rebellion includes lots of alcohol and risky behavior. Peter becomes a clueless single father or rather he is so busy trying to make ends meet to realize that something is going wrong with his daughter. He does try his best, but circumstances overwhelm him. In the end a tragic twist brings Sheila back into her daughter's life. Although there could have been a several ways this story could have ended, it took the path of least resistance.

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