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Out of Breath by [Salluce, Susan]
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Length: 243 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Susan Salluce, MA, CT, holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Thanatologist--a death, dying, and bereavement specialist. With a passion for writing, impacting the bereaved, and having experienced her own sense of compassion fatigue, she wrote Out of Breath which is available on all E-readers and in traditional book form in a variety of local book stores. Out of Breath has sold over 25,000 copies, placed in the top three of the South West Writer's competition for Mainstream/Literary novel, and was on Amazon's Top 100 list for Psychological Thrillers for over a year.

Susan is a contributing author to Pathways to Purpose and Hope: A Guide for Creating a Sustainable Grief Support Organization for Families and Friends After a Suicide Death. 

Susan continues to contribute to the field of bereavement through her writing, consultant work, and served as a facilitator for Friends for Survival, a non-profit dedicated to those affected by a suicide death. She is currently at work on her next book, GriefINK, a non-fiction book about memorial tattoos which will be released in late 2015.

When Susan is not writing, you can find her either in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada's or on the beaches of Aptos, Ca with her family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1398 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KV26MY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,467 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Tooncesmom VINE VOICE on January 23, 2012
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I purchased a copy of Out of Breath on the recommendation of a friend. Being a Santa Cruz resident and a writer, I was interested to see my adopted town of 34 years portrayed by another local writer.

Alyssa Buchanan has a stormy relationship with husband Seth, owner of a local surf shop. She loves him, but hates that he is absent from their marriage much of the time and acquiesces to drugs and alcohol to get him through life's difficulties. When their toddler daughter Nevaeh drowns under Seth's watch, Alyssa's forgiveness turns to rage. A dirty drug test is damning evidence at odds with his story of being clean. Alyssa takes five-year-old , now mute, Daisy, and moves in with her grandmother.

Grief-stricken and stripped of his parental rights, Seth enters AA and tries to repair the shambles his life has become, while Alyssa combats her own despair by turning to a childhood friend, local police officer Greg Wallace. Greg has long loved Alyssa, but he fights his own demons-a failing marriage, grief over his brother's death and, at times, an uncontrollable rage.

Local therapist Katherine Middlebrook, in an odd quirk of fate, takes on all three as clients, not realizing that their lives are intertwined. But Katherine has her own secret-a child who died many years ago. Her grief runs so deep that she hasn't been able to reveal this to her closest friend. In addition, Katherine's own life is disrupted with the recurrence of her mother's cancer, making her own life unbearably stressful.

Ms. Salluce tells a strongly emotional story in first person from the viewpoints of each of the characters which is quite effective and allows a window into their souls. The reader grows to understand that each is damaged and flailing in the undercurrent of life.
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I purchased this because it was .99 cents and I just got a Kindle Fire. I have been an anti person who did not want a Kindle. My son said "take a chance Mom and try a book on it. What I got with "Out of Breath" was an amazing surprise. This story touched me from so many levels. One the characters are real not rich and match the norm which is Santa Cruz. I felt like I was walking on the streets with them. This story is told from many points of view and I enjoyed everyone. I loved Oma who added faith and love. This story is the story of a couple who once fell in love over a physical attraction to have a to find a way to really fall in love. You will cry and hurt but you will be so glad you took the time to read this. I just hope there are many more books by this author she really gets the real lives of those of us in the real world. Take a day and curl up with your kindle and you will be so glad you did.
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I bought this as the subject matter interested me and because the author is a psychotherapist. My sense of this book is that it tries to cover too many aspects and loses in the processes. There are many errors throughout it, which I find distracting and irritating. A family dog appeared, for the first time as far as I was aware, 60% into the book. This might sound petty, but there had been much upheaval in the storyline leaving the family home empty for weeks and no mention of the dog's whereabouts.

I feel the author tried to give insight into too many characters, and what might have worked as a story became too fragmented and coincidental.
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Absolutely loved this book! The characters became so real and tangible to me that I could not put my iphone down!!Having grieved the loss of both my mum and dad, this book really dealt with the process and healing of grief so well.
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The story's concept is strong: see a family torn apart by the tragic loss of their daughter, watch their lives unravel as the pain and guilt pile on, and then root for them to navigate the horrific journey so they come out stronger on the other side.

The author did a very good job with the internal thoughts of the characters, and I found the first-person narration (which spanned multiple points of view) to be effective. Maybe it's because I'm picky, but I did get taken out of the story several times due to a few misspellings and some misuse of punctuation. But let me be clear -- these are minor.

On the whole, Out of Breath does exactly what a book of this genre is supposed to do: make you care about the (flawed) characters and have an emotional reaction to the story. Besides, at 99 cents, it's an excellent value!
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To sum up this book: Amazing! It was an absolute page-turner! It hooks you from the first page and doesn't let go til the very end, something very few books can do to me! The plot is heartbreaking, but the author does a beautiful job of letting us in on every character's own thoughts/feelings/motives.
At first I thought I wasn't going to like that she switches narrators in the book, but I soon realized that I loved it. It was a great way to connect to the characters and really let them develop. We got to feel what each person was feeling and what their motives were.
An absolutely outstanding book! I highly recommend it!! As soon as I finished, started searching the Kindle library for more books by this author but sadly found none. Surely if she is this great of a writer, she will pen another one!? P l e a s e ? ! ?
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