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Monday, May 21, 2012

The Sign for Drowning

Rachel Stolzman's The Sign for Drowning attracted me by advertising it's initial tragedy followed by healing and forgiveness.  I love this stuff.

When Anna was a girl her younger sister drowned on a beautiful day at the ocean.  It haunts her childhood and severely affects the dynamics of her family.  As an adult Anna heads up a deaf program in New York City and falls in love with a young girl, Adrea.  After Anna adopts Adrea, life happens.  She finds love with an old flame, Adrea enters into an amazing temporary program in Paris, and Anna learns to heal from the pain of the past.

This was such a lovely and moving novella.  There is never really a point of conflict that serves as an apex yet I cared so much about the characters that I wanted them to find forgiveness and love and healing.  The story bounced back and forth between Anna's memories of the accident and the aftermath and Anna's present with her daughter.  I felt that I knew Anna and went on this beautiful and worthwhile journey with her.

The biggest compliment I can give this book is that most of the time I had to remind myself that this was not a memoir--that this was fiction.  It read so closely with the style of memoir and it felt so real.  It was quite a journey.

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