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    The Pilot’s Wife

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    A 4 page research paper on Anita Shreve’s The Pilot’s Wife. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

    Name of Research Paper File: JR7_RApilot2.rtf

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    as one author notes, "In 1999, she received a phone call from Oprah Winfrey, and The Pilots Wife became the 25th selection of Oprahs Book Club and an international bestseller"  (Bookreporter.com). It is a story about a woman who finds her husband has been killed in an airplane accident and then her slow uncovering of truths regarding her husband, and  herself. The following paper researches information pertaining to this book. The Pilots Wife The story begins, "She heard a knocking, and  then a dog barking. Her dream left her, skittering behind a closing door...The lit room alarmed her, the wrongness of it, like an emergency room at midnight" (Shreve 3). This  sets the stage for the drama that will unfold and the mystery, or mysteries, which will slowly unravel. One critic notes, in relationship to the gist of the story, "Fighting  the impulse to protect herself and her daughter from the details of the crash and the mystery surrounding it, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was--whatever that  knowledge may cost" (Reading Group Guide). In many ways it appears as though this novel is primarily something of a mysterious romance novel,  uncovering truths about a spouse and ones own identity. Interestingly enough, it is also apparently a novel that relies on the experiences and upbringing of the author as well. This  is perhaps no surprise as most authors do rely on their own experiences, using the foundations of their past as material for a novel.  In Shreves case it seems that her father was a pilot for an airline and her mother was a housewife, which are essentially the roles of the individuals 

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