Shreve's prose is deeply emotional in this present day Big Chill. Prep school sweethearts Bill and Bridget are getting married 27 years after their romance at New England's Kidd Academy.

They are to wed at a Massachusetts inn owned by their high school classmate, Nora, whose much older husband died not long ago. Attending are several classmates, plus a teacher and Harrison, the former roommate of Nora's deceased high school boyfriend.

Shreve craftily mixes decades-old events with the present day. Bill and Bridget recall their teenage romance as she battles breast cancer. Harrison embraces his attraction to Nora while he debates whether to betray his wife. Shreve is attuned to her readers with this latest novel, creating appealing characters with dark secrets. (Oct., 336 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick