As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel

As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel

Elizabeth Poliner


A multigenerational relations saga concerning the long-lasting reverberations of 1 tragic summer time via "a significant expertise [who] will be learn extensively" (Edward P. Jones).

In 1948, a small stretch of the Woodmont, Connecticut coastline, affectionately named "Bagel Beach," has lengthy been a summer time vacation spot for Jewish households. right here sisters Ada, Vivie, and Bec gather at their liked family members cottage, with childrens in tow and weekend-only husbands who arrive every one Friday in time for the Sabbath meal.

During the weekdays, freedom reigns. Ada, the kin good looks, relaxes and grows extra playful, unimpeded by way of her rule-driven, non secular husband. Vivie, as soon as extraordinarily wronged by means of her sister, is now the relations diplomat and an more and more creative chef. single Bec reveals herself pressured to choose from the family-centric existence she's consistently identified and a passion-filled existence with the married guy with whom she's had a mystery years-long affair.

But whilst a negative twist of fate happens at the sisters' watch, a summer season of desire and self-discovery transforms right into a life of atonement and loss for participants of this close-knit extended family. visible during the eyes of Molly, who used to be twelve years outdated whilst she witnessed the coincidence, this is often the tale of a tragedy and its aftermath, of increasing lives painfully collapsed. Can Molly, many years after the development, draw from her aunt Bec's hard-won knowledge and unfastened herself from the weight that destroyed such a lot of others?

Elizabeth Poliner is a masterful storyteller, an excellent observer of human nature, and in As as regards to Us as Breathing she has created an unforgettable meditation on grief, guilt, and the bounds of id and love.

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