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Book Information: Girl Who Stopped Swimming, the

Girl Who Stopped Swimming, the (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the literal family skeleton stays in the closet or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel's life seems neatly on track, a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna, everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of her 13-year-old neighbor Molly Dufresne. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable, an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

Original title: The Girl Who Stopped Swimming
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTragedy And Loss
FictionGeneral FictionTies That BindDysfunctional Families

Edition #1: Girl Who Stopped Swimming, the

Girl Who Stopped Swimming, the (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Jackson illuminates not just the complexities of family love as a source of safety and support but also the complexities of danger and death." Library Journal
  • "A veritable southern gothic, Jackson's fluid, masterful novel builds to an exciting, if somewhat over-the-top finish that at last weaves together Laurel's past and her present." Booklist
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Girl Who Stopped Swimming, the (March 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9780446579650
Dimensions: 6.36 x 9.08 x 1.15 in
Pages: 311

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