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Invisible as Air

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  80 reviews
A provocative and timely new novel by the author of Inheriting Edith, one that will haunt you long after the final page is turned…

Sylvie Snow knows the pressures of expectations: a woman is supposed to work hard, but never be tired; age gracefully, but always be beautiful; fix the family problems, but always be carefree. Sylvie does the grocery shopping, the laundry, the
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Published September 24th 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Katie B
3.5 stars

This story really grew on me. I think what hit close to home was the fact Sylvie could easily be your next door neighbor, or co-worker, or even your family member. She starts taking her husband's pain pills to cope with her grief over the death of her baby a few years ago and becomes addicted. She has a nice job, lives in a beautiful home, and even is a PTA member, but she is an addict. And I appreciate that the author chose to feature her as a character because her story is one that is
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This is an on time book. This book is playing out all over the world right now.
We could learn a lot from this dysfunctional family. No family is prefect and this one is very messed up.
I loved Teddy and his character was the best in the book. We could learn a lot from Teddy.
I gave this book 4 stars and recommend this one.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
Denise  Reed
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and in full disclosure, I had not read any previous works by Zoe Fishman, so I had no idea what to expect. The premise sounded intriguing, albeit a bit trite - a suburban housewife, Sylvie, who had repressed grief over the stillbirth of her daughter three years ago. On the morning of the anniversary of her daughter's death, when everything in her life seemed overwhelming, including her husband's broken ankle and her 12-year-old son's preteen behavior, she ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
46 year old Sylvie Snow is a person that we all know. She could be your neighbor, your best friend or a family member. She is a hardworking wife and mother with a career and a myriad of stresses on her every day. As the novel begins, it's the three year anniversary of her daughter's stillbirth - something that she feels her husband doesn't care about even though it's a very painful day for her. On top of that, her husband is recuperating from a broken ankle and isn't able to help at all with ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Dnf, not my kind of book...
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story of the Snow family could be your neighbors’ story or the story of your friends, or even that of your own family.

Sylvie Snow has not been same since the stillbirth of her daughter Delilah three years previously. Now she is preparing for her son Teddy’s upcoming bar mitzvah. On top of this her husband Paul has broken his ankle and his whining and neediness is grating on her nerves. Finally one day Sylvie just can’t take it anymore and takes one of Paul’s Hydrocodone pills. Under the
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-2019
Zoe Fishman's novel, Invisible as Air, covers many worthy topics: grief, addiction, overspending, coming of age. The trouble I felt is that it didn't cover any of them particularly well. For me, Teddy's coming of age story hit the truest note and while Sylvie claims to feel as "invisible as air," it's Teddy who ultimately suffers this fate. Everything from the first page to the last seemed rushed. There was no building up to the issues facing the Snow family. And without the buildup, I was ...more
Sherri Ferguson
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was my first Zoe Fishman book and I loved it! You’ve got your typical family with typical hardships and issues. How they all deal with those hardships and issues is the theme of the book. I actually laughed out loud the first third of the book, then the story got down to the seriousness of addictions. It shows how easy it is to slip out of control and no one is immune. This was a wonderful story and I highly recommend this book.
Ally Mercado
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Grief, addiction, and a shattered family. It sounds like the ultimate downer, but Fishman finds a way to address the poignant themes in a relatable and often lighthearted way. The truth is, the Snows could be almost any family in America. Unresolved feelings, poor decisions, and kept secrets can creep into any home. Highly recommended for a different take on addiction.
Emilie Haydel
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won the uncorrected proof copy from a Goodreads giveaway and man oh man this is such an emotional book! 100% recommend!

Trigger warnings: miscarriage, still births, addiction
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Invisible as Air by Zoe Fishman is a story about Sylvie and Paul Snow and their 12 year old son, Teddy. The family is grieving their daughter, Delilah, who was stillborn three years ago. Unfortunately, Sylvie and Paul are so deeply immersed in their own grief and are just going through the motions, while their son Teddy is stuck in the middle of a very unhappy family, also dealing with his own grief.
One day, to help her cope, Sylvie takes one the pain killers that Paul has been prescribed for
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m giving this book 4 stars because I just couldn’t put it down even though the subject matter bothered me and i disagreed with it. Reading it was like a reality show I couldn’t take my eyes away from. I’ve had back pain, surgeries etc for almost 10 years now and can not live my daily life unfortunately without medicines so to think that this book is implying that taking certain medication you become a prostitute or lying and cheating and overall a bad person is just wrong. These meds allow me ...more
Thanks to LibraryThing and Wm. Morrow (Harper Collins) for this ARC.

I really liked this book about a Jewish family (I have a tendency for them) and how messed up their lives were after Paul and Sylvie lost their baby 3 years ago and how it affected them all. Sylvie is a hot mess and she becomes very annoying as she takes more Oxycodone and hides it from her family and how she begs, borrows, and steals from her husband and goes to drastic measures to get it from a cco-worker and her husband's
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-reviews
Audio. My experience doesn't match the many glowing reviews for this book. The character of sylvie just struck me as vicious and ugly. Her personal tragedy was too far in the narrative past and her behavior too spoiled and histrionic for me to care about her as a character. I only stuck with the narrative out of a curiosity for the pill popping. This aspect of the novel was well done but should have merited more space rather than the three character device, which didn't work for me at all. Her ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5* review to come
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-mt-bookpile
How easy is it to slip in addiction? Very. And this book does a great job of showing a family slowly dissolving under the weight of Sylvie's addiction (which she's sure she's hiding well) and how son Teddy and husband Paul cope with that as well as their own issues. Making this a solidly upper-middle class family drives home how easily these things can happen, how they're not confined to rural lower class families, makes the rather soap-operaesque plot more relevant to readers.

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Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Profound grief leads to several forms of addiction in this heartbreaking family drama. Sylvie has her pills, her husband has his obsessive shopping, and young Teddy is trapped in the middle. All three of the Snows are relatable, with Teddy, of course, being the most sympathetic. His plight is sad and all too common. Through this trio of broken people, Fishman gives us a poignant, realistic picture of a family falling apart which is both eye-opening and moving. I found it as compelling as it was ...more
Myrna Gottlieb

I won a free uncorrected proof of this novel from Library Thing in exchange for an honest review, I enjoyed reading this tale about a wife, Sylvie Snow, now in her mid-40s, who for years had dedicated her life to pleasing her handsome husband Paul - being a perfect wife and a perfect mother for their quirky 12-year-old son, Teddy. Sylvie kept herself beautiful, moisturized daily, bought expensive clothes, perfumes, jewelry,luggage; she had expensive manicures and pedicures at the best salon,
Jill Celeste
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
In Invisible As Air, we follow the woeful tales of the Snow family: Sylvie, who becomes an opioid addict; her husband, Paul, who has a shopping addiction; and their son, Teddy, who is trying to navigate the seas of puberty, while knowing secrets about his parents.

To be honest, I didn't like the adult characters in this book, though I sympathized with their issues. They were unlikeable to me - maybe because I didn't know more about their backgrounds. It would have been interesting to read this
Ilyssa Wesche
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This hit all my marks - family drama, addiction, parents making mistakes. I don't always like books that prominently feature a kid but Teddy and Krystal were okay by me. And the religion stuff was good too - it made sense to me.
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Invisible as Air by Zoe Fishman is a very highly recommended family drama with a timely topic.

Sylvie Snow does everything for her family. She's working hard at her career, taking care of her family, doing all all the housework and errands, along with the myriad of other little things that are expected of her. She's also trying to plan the Bar Mitzvah for her son, Teddy and taking care of her husband, Paul, who has a broken ankle. It is an exhausting, pressure-filled, never ending cycle. What
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"That's what the pills were for. She would just continue to take them until they were gone, continue to live this pain-free, honest life, and then, when they were all gone, she would figure out how to be this way without their help. These pills were her training wheels; that was all."
Ok, so this book is hard for me to review and I'm thinking it's because of the time in my life that I read it. It is a very depressing, yet honest, look into a highly dysfunctional family and I chose to read it
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
This is the first book that I have read by this author and hope to read more of her work in the future.

An emotional story of today's current problem about opiate addiction and the havoc it plays on families.

Sylvie Snow wakes up, with dread and profound sadness on the third anniversary of her daughter Delilah's stillborn date. Her husband Paul, recently injured his ankle and was prescribed OxyContin but refused to take them because of the way it made him feel. Sylvie decides she will just take
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Invisible as Air by Zoe Fishman is a poignant portrait of a family struggling with grief over their stillborn baby.

Forty-six year old Sylvie Snow is not an easy woman to like. She makes no effort to hide her irritation and resentment of her husband, Paul. His broken ankle is just her latest frustration with his Triathlon training. On the third anniversary on the loss of their stillborn daughter, Delilah, Sylvie's slippery slope of opioid dependency begins. Her curiosity over Paul's description
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Invisible As Air by Zoe Fishman
I did find the story believable and well written. The author has her characters written in such a way that you become invested in them and have to keep reading to find out how things are going to end. It is one that many have had to do, fight the fight of addiction, after sinking as low as they can go.
I received the book from the Author through Good Reads. She gave away only so many copies and I was lucky enough to have my name drawn for one. I gave this book four
4.5 stars :D

Unbelievably touching. Ms. Fishman's writing is an absorbing heart-squeeze.
She doesn't let her characters hide from anything.

INVISIBLE AS AIR is told from three perspectives: Sylvie - the wife and mother lost in her marriage, struggling from having a stillborn daughter three years earlier, and trying to do what she thinks is necessary as a mother for her son as he turns thirteen and she develops a pill addiction; Paul - the husband and father struggling to get his wife to see that
Nicole Handy
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this novel via Goodreads Giveaways.

I genuinely liked Invisible as Air. It starts out with Slyvie's first pill and continues with her spiral towards rehab. The story is relevant and main characters raw with their emotions.

I both loved and hated that Teddy had his own chapters. It's so infrequent that we get to see a strong child character in adult fiction. He was the glue holding his fragile parents together. That stood out as so genuine, as did his internal battles on what he should keep
It took me some time to pick up this book, but then I couldn’t put it down.

Invisible as Air has been billed as a story of a family struggling with grief over their stillborn baby, but to me the story is much more than that and is relevant to our times. The struggles so many families face can seem daunting and in the past few years, many have been tricked into believing that opioids are a magic solution to the pain
Sylvie Snow could easily be your neighbor, your sister or your boss. She starts
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaway-winner
((I have received this uncorrected proof, review copy in a giveaway. This review is true and honest.))
Okay so. Sylvie. She absolutely drove me up a damn wall. In a good way though. She was such a lovely character to follow through all of her hardship with her own issues and her family's problems. I felt their pain and suffering and their love. I felt so hard for Sylvie and her family that I was even crying with them.
There are so many things going on and it was so easy to follow each and every
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This story, “Invisible As Air”, by Zoe Fishman, is about a wealthy to do woman, Sylvie, with a life full of shopping, PTA meetings, wearing expensive clothes, doing laundry and planning her 12 year old sons Bar Mitzvah.
For the past 3 years, Sylvie has not gotten over the loss and immense grief of the stillbirth of her daughter, Delilah.

On the morning of the Anniversary of her death, one she can barely stand to face one more thing. She decides to take a discarded oxycodone pill that had been
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