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How to Breathe Underwater Paperback – April 12, 2005
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The quality of writing goes smoothly like a vanilla milkshake, but with the complexity of a vintage wine. The girls in these stories know more than their parents and peers would have you believe they do. To other reviewers who were grossed out by some of the events, I can assure that most girl's lives are not dancing to pop idols and aspiring to be Barbie; these girls lead lives that make them deal with their mother's dying of cancer, with persistant stoned teenage males, with religious adults who constrict young girl's lives and independence, and unfortunately the competition with other girls. Far from romanticising the very real "catfights" or complex drama girls interact with one another, often competing with one another for boys and attention or with the fact they are a not model and they do have to wear glasses. Orringer gives her female protoganists an urgent agency that most fiction (and media) has taken away from them, showing that girls are indeed human beings and not sexualized wanna-be women a la Lolita.Read more ›
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I loved Orringer's novel The Invisible Bridge and read this immediately after. While very different in genre from her novel, these short stories are just as beautifully written and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Autumn
Short story writing at its finest. Exposes the darkness within the human heart, and how its tentacles impact who we do - or don't - become. Read morePublished 9 months ago by devotedreader
I was expecting a short novel but this is a bunch of unrelated short stories. I'm only half way through so many by the end she connects them all together but so far, I'm not... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bobbi Erickson
My feelings about the short stories, the characters and the situations mentioned in the stories were very mixed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sally Esakov
Perhaps a little too much Lord of the Flies in a few of the stories, but they are a well written if rather bleak evocation of childhood and parenting. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christopher Junker
These are nine powerful stores. Most view the world through the eyes of a young girl who experiences life as painful and unfair. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kindle Customer
The writing is clean and original. The voice of the characters is totally believable. I was disturbed by the dark side of many of the stories. Read morePublished 17 months ago by rochelle singer