by Anita Shreve


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A tale of impossible love in Nazi-occupied Belgium, where forbidden passions have catastrophic consequences.
Claire Daussois, the wife of a Belgian resistance worker, shelters a wounded American bomber pilot in a secret attic hideaway. As she nurses him back to health, Claire is drawn into an affair that seems strong enough to conquer all—until the brutal realities of war intrude, shattering every idea she ever had about love, trust, and betrayal.
Resistance is a tender but tragic love story, told with the same narrative grace and keen eye for human emotion that have distinguished all of Anita Shreve's cherished bestsellers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316789998
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/01/1995
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,099,187
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including A Change in Altitude, Testimony; her best-known book, The Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange prize. Her book Resistance was turned into a movie with the same name. She is a writer who combines seemingly effortless prose with riveting storytelling.


New Hampshire; Massachusetts

Date of Birth:



B.A., Tufts University

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Resistance 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I bought it because I enjoyed other books by Shreve. I had not even read the back cover when I started reading this book. It was riveting from the very beginning. I loved the history lessons that were woven between the story of love, determination, survival and sacrifice. I have a heightened sense of patriotism and respect for those who served in the armed forces and also those who were behind the scenes. My heart ached for a love that could not be. I usually don't identify with books that have male main characters. This book transcended gender lines and touches the 'human' in all of us.
TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
The book was surprising on many levels. That it should start off so slowly was surprising considering an American plane landed perilously close to enemy territory and it's up to the Resistance movement in Belgium to help out the survivors. Having that as the premise of the first third of the book, should, in and of itself, be pretty exciting, but it was rather dull. What was further surprising was that the author revealed her ability for suspense, excitement, and emotion later in the book. The last two thirds of the book were incredibly tender and the interactions between the characters were heartbreaking - as was their courage. The end was full of twists and surprises. Overall, if you can get past the first hundred or so pages - it's worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a excellent story and that is what kept me reading it, otherwise the typos on every page would have made me quit! Wow! Who edited this book? No one?...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gaps sentence fragments typo errors and only 162 pages
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading the back of this book I was totally drawn into what I thought would be a great romance. Well all the details in the beginnig about the planes etc. really killed the romance. When the romance actually happened it lacked depth and passion. The ending was terrible and nothing was really wrapped up well. I am disappointed in Resistance as all the other books I have read by Anita Shreve have been amazing. I hope her new book is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was given to me as a gift & I'm glad because I never would have picked it for myself. I liked the storyline, but I wish there was less details in the beginning and more towards the end. I loved the book, but felt the ending was lacking. The story wrapped up but too much was left to the reader.
bookfest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An American pilot, Ted Brice, crashes his plane in a Belgian village during WWII. He is taken in by Claire Daussois, one of the resistance fighters in the village. As she nurses him back to health, they fall in love. It is a classic, tragic love story.Anita Shreve's talent for portraying her characters, bringing them alive with subtle detail, is what makes this such an excellent read. Claire's strength, her husband's fears, the pilot's recovery, the love affair are all honed by the context of war's brutality.The final chapter wraps up all the strings in a rather artificial manner that doesn't seem quite in keeping with the rest of the book.
brainella on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If it's possible this book is worse than the Red Tent, and I detested the Red Tent. Anita Shreve is now official banned from my To Read list FOREVER.This book is disjointed, confusing, rambling and dumb. DUMB. The plot jumps from one time period to another, place to place, character to character with NO warning and no real reason. The characters seem to fall in love for not particular reason other than that's what the author wanted. She had a great premise and crapped out about 100 pages in. Who publishes this crap?!Never again. Never. I'd give it a zero rating but they won't let me.
moonshineandrosefire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Set in a Belgian village during World War II, Claire Daussois is struggling to keep her marriage alive amidst severe depletions in her Nazi-occupied village. All the happiness and joy seems to have bled out of her marriage. She and her husband have been sheltering refugees from the war - Allied pilots, fleeing Belgian soldiers and Jews are among some of the people they help.Claire nurses the wounded, acts as interpreter and waits anxiously for the war to end. One day, when Henri, her husband is doing Resistance work, Claire discovers a downed American B-17 Bomber and a young boy turns to her for help in nursing the injured pilot. As the pilot Ted Brice recovers in Claire's attic, she awakens to the possibility of love. For twenty days, Claire and Ted are sheltered until the war returns with shocking suddenness leaving them with haunting memories of their time together. I really enjoyed this book, even though it was extremely sad. I give this book an A+!
seekingflight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A readable and moving, but otherwise not so memorable, novel about Ted, an American pilot forced to crash land his plane in occupied Belgium during WWII, and the resistance fighters who shelter him. It did make me feel more for people not unlike me, and sometimes much younger, who were forced to make choices during wartime with consequences that many of us probably can¿t really even imagine today. An interesting story, made more interesting, perhaps, by the fact that I was reading this while travelling in Europe, but one which did nothing to recommend itself to me as anything more than average.
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SCook87401 More than 1 year ago
An amazing story that leaves you wanting more
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LadyLucyLehn More than 1 year ago
I have read a few of Anita Shreve's books and this one is not my favorite. I still really enjoyed it, in fact I finished it in two days. It is very suspenseful and each break leaves you hanging, wanting more. There is a lot of detail given, especially about the war, the planes, the logistics of the resistance groups, but much less about the actual romance between the two characters. I enjoy that I learned a lot reading this piece, but was not impressed with the lack of the love story. The ending also did not satisfy me. Suspenseful, yes. And realistic, I suppose too, but still lacking the romance that we were promised.
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