Tamye’s three favorite novels are impossible to resist because they couple suspense with a fiction lover’s favorite question: What if this terrible thing actually happened? One author who is, of course, a master of this sort of drama is Anita Shreve. The Pilot’s Wife may be her most famous book (What if your husband died in a plane crash—and it turned out he may have led a double life?); I also like A Change in Altitude. (What if a year-long adventure in Africa turned horribly wrong?)
Another winner is the expertly paced Midwives by Chris Bohjalian, which will surely prompt fierce discussion in any book club. (What if a home birth took a fatal turn—and the midwife was consequently persecuted?)
Finally, you can always count on Sue Miller to provide similar satisfaction and conversation. Her latest, The Lake Shore Limited, is especially good. (What if you planned on leaving your lover on 9/11/2001—the same day he happened to be on an ill-fated airplane?)
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