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The Girl Who Stopped Swimming | [Joshilyn Jackson]

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

While Laurel Gray Hawthorne'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 a her 13-year old neighbor, Molly Dufresne.
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Publisher's Summary

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 a 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.

Richer and more rewarding than any story Joshilyn Jackson has yet written, yet still packed with Jackson's trademarked outrageous characters, sparkling dialogue, and defiantly twisting plotting, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming is destined both to delight Jackson's loyal fans and capture a whole new audience.

©2008 Joshilyn Jackson; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jackson matches effortless Southern storytelling with a keen eye for character and heart-stopping circumstances." (Publishers Weekly)

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    janell 09-04-12
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    I enjoy everything Jackson writes. She is a wonderful author who consistantly charms you with her characters and pulls you into their lives.

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    G Trophy Club, TX, United States 07-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Absolutely Fascinating!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl Who Stopped Swimming to be better than the print version?

    I love listening to Ms Jackson tell her stories! She developed these characters and who could know them better?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Thalia! She was so mysterious and open at the same time!


    Which character – as performed by Joshilyn Jackson – was your favorite?

    Again, it's Thalia, with her delicious and naughty personality that is both loving and honest!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment in the book that was the most captivating to me was the moment that Bet was revealed as the one that "saw" and did nothing!


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    I have now listened to all of Joshilyn Jackson's books and they are fabulous! I love all of her story lines and her characters are so real to me. I hope she continues writing because I am a huge fan!!

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    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 04-27-12
    Louanne Santa Fe, NM, United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2005

    I have purchased over 400 books. I have high standards for writing and content, but indulge in "travel trash" or fairly good entertainment.

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    "Joshilyn Jackson keeps on Delivering!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    I am intimidated to write a review because Joshilyn Jackson's writing is so wonderful. I have read all of her books, some twice. She has a compelling ability to create relationships and depth in her characters and family relationships. I love her combination of witt, insight, and story telling. I have purchased over 400 books and hers are right up in the top of my most favorites. I think my favorite thing is that she can approach really difficult subject matter as the foundation of her stories, but they are never about victimization or abuse. She does not focus on the disfunction and harshness of circumstances. It is not her intention to reveal abuse, instead she focuses on the reactions and abilities of her characters to deal with their circumstances and transcend them. She makes the incredible credible with amazing humor, insight, and authenticity. She does not sensationalize the sensational but remains true to life. Her books have an element of mystery, murder, romance, thriller, and drama. They refused to be defined by ordinary themes. I Love her writing and stories. If you appreciate good writing and satisfying stories that make "reality t.v" seem pale, then this is the woman for you.
    I didn't mention that she does a great job narrating her own books.

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    Justine Portland, OR, United States 04-22-11
    Justine Portland, OR, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Jackson is a treasure"

    While I find her books really easy to get into, they are richly layered - her plot lines are just as interesting as are her characters and her observations. I am always more than a bit unhappy when I am done listening to one of her books, because I just want it to go on or have a sequel.

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    I don't know what the other readers liked about this book but I gave up after about a third of it.

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