||A girl falls into reckless drinking and danger, while her father tries to reconcile with his estranged wife to protect her future. The parents, a former medical rescue worker and the woman he saved from the limbs of a ruined automobile, must first confront their own tangled past, which left Peter in charge of their daughter after Sheila's second drunken wreck. The search for family duty and redemption bends around these traumatic collisions in RESCUE, Anita Shreve's novel of thrilling affair, brutal marriage and rebellious offspring over 20 years. Can the past serve as lesson enough to prevent its awful echo, or do these crises signal only patterns that must be relived?
||Peter Webster is a rookie paramedic when he pulls a young woman out of a car wreck that should have killed her. Sheila Arsenault haunts his thoughts, and despite his misgivings Peter is soon embroiled in an intense love affair--and in Sheila's troubled world.Eighteen years later, Sheila is long gone and Peter is raising their daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering dangerously off course, and for the first time in their quiet life together Peter fears for her future. He seeks out the only person who may be able to help Rowan, although Sheila's return is sure to unleash all the questions he has carefully been keeping at bay: Why did a mother leave her family? How did the marriage of two people so deeply in love unravel?A story about trespass and forgiveness, secrets and the seismic force of the truth, Rescue is a masterful portrayal of a family trying to understand its fractured past and begin again.