Effie Greer watches the final days of summer play out from her grandparents' home in Lake Gormlaith, Vermont, with her boyfriend, Max. Despite the idyllic setting, Effie is hiding a secret. With a heated temper and shattered past, Max is headed toward self-destruction, and Effie, unwilling to let go, is close behind. Slowly, Effie begins to gain the strength necessary to leave the suffocating relationship. But on the evening she decides to go, Max's violence results in a tragic boating accident and the death of a child.
Unable to deal with her role in that terrible August night, Effie drifts aimlessly from city to city. Only when she learns that Max has died of a heroin overdose does she find the strength to return to Lake Gormlaith and face the demons that have kept her away. No longer a naive young girl, Effie is now a woman desperately seeking absolution. She ultimately finds her chance in the most unlikely of people.
Would you listen to Breathing Water again? Why?
The story was very good - kept my interest.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Susannah Jones?
I have only one small issue with the narration. Overall it was fine but this book often used the expression "mmm hmmm". When a character was supposed to answer mmmm hmmm the narrator said Um Hum - spoken like two words instead of the humming sound of mmm hmm. I know it's a tiny thing but it was jarring - instead of a soft sound of agreement it sounded weird. Perhaps it has to be voiced instead of hummed because of the recording?
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Would you consider the audio edition of Breathing Water to be better than the print version?
Absolutely. The narrator made this book an absolute full body experience!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Breathing Water?
The moment she began to get "mysterious gifts".
Which character – as performed by Susannah Jones – was your favorite?
The leading female.
If you could take any character from Breathing Water out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Any additional comments?