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Breathing Water by T. Greenwood
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Aug 23, 09

bookshelves: popular-fiction, literary-fiction
Recommended to Amanda J by: Sharon
Read in August, 2009

This book strains a bit too hard to be poetic and meaningful. The metaphors are inconsistant and the prose feel forced. Despite the water imagery and the ghostly passages that begin each section, ultimately Breathing Water is another book about a girl choosing the wrong guy, finding the will to leave him, and then finding herself again. 300 pages of the protagonist Effie's back and forth reflections -from her childhood memories of the lake, to her college years with an abusive boyfriend, to her present day trials of painting her grandfather's cabin - left me feeling bored and wanting.
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