Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Waiting On Wednesday [@kkletter @PhilomelBooks]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:


THE FIRST TIME SHE DROWNED by Kerry Kletter

The beautifully sad struggle of a girl desperate for the one relationship that has caused her the most pain

Cassie O’Malley has spent her whole life trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically. It’s been two-and-a-half years since her mother dumped Cassie in a mental institution against her will for something Cassie claims she didn't do. Now, at eighteen, Cassie enrolls in college, ready to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms.

But as she struggles to find her way forward, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie's childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is the truth? And more important, whose life must she save?

A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.


published March 15, 2016 by Philomel Books

add to your Goodreads shelf // pre-order from Book Depo // or Amazon



Why?

I really like novels where the character has a complicated or confusing past, where there are family secrets or disagreements over what actually happened. I also like books with characters struggling to discover who they are, what's important to them and where they're going (literally or figuratively).

Cassie's relationship with her mother, whether she did or did not do what her mother claims, her stay in a mental institution, and now starting college and deciding how (if?) her mother fits in her life, The First Time She Drowned is a book I am really looking forward to reading.

(Plus? I love the title and cover!)


That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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