The Air We Breathe

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From the author of
Home Another Way, Finalist for the 2009 ECPA Christian Book Award for Fiction and
Watch Over Me, Winner of the 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award for Fiction

ã•Molly Fisk Needs the Courage to Face Her Fears.
What She Finds Instead is a Most Unexpected Friendship.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. For so long she has run away from a moment long in the past, but she's not running anymore, she's hiding. Ruled by anxiety, she can only stare out the window of the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother call home, longing to go outside--to maybe take a walk with the cute boy who works in the pizza place across the street.

Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew years ago changes everything.

Back then, Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she struck up with a little girl--a silent girl who'd only talk to Claire--did she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanished, their house left abandoned.

What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding life anew?

The Author

  1. Christa Parrish
    Photo by: Wendy Voorhis

    Christa Parrish

    A winner of Associated Press awards for her journalism, Christa Parrish now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives near Saratoga Springs, New York. She is the author of Home Another Way, finalist for the...

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Journalist and author Parrish (Watch Over Me) weaves a multilayered tale of heartbreak and healing in her newest novel sure to appeal to readers of contemporary fiction. Claire Rodriguez is an empty shell, nearly crushed by the deaths of her two children in a car accident, a miscarriage, and a subsequent divorce. When she meets Hanna Sutter, a child locked in silence after severe trauma, they both begin to heal as they slowly form a relationship. But Hanna disappears abruptly, only to resurface years later in Claire's life in a most unlikely way. The fortuitous meeting restarts the process of true healing in both women. Parrish has created an exceptional look at trauma and its aftermath, as well as hope and recovery from grief at its best. Readers will love it for sure.

Publisher's Weekly, Sept. 17, 2012

After losing everything, teenager Molly Fisk has chosen never to leave the museum she lives in with her mom, the only place she feels safe. Years of blaming herself and fearing for her and her mother's safety have left Molly anxious, fearful, and unable to embrace life. Claire Rodriguez, despite her best efforts, has a difficult time moving past the tragedy that changed the landscape of her life. When she meets a young girl, however, she is compelled to reach out, a gesture that begins her healing process. Years later, Claire has lost touch with the girl, and Molly is beginning to feel restless within her small world. Parrish (Watch over Me, 2009) blends Molly's and Claire's stories to create a fast-moving, suspenseful, enrapturing novel
about what it means to lose everything and how crucial it is to let others in and learn to depend on God. Fans of Christian fiction with kick and psychological depth will be engaged and touched by Parrish's exciting third novel.

Booklist, Oct 1, 2012

"The Air We Breathe is a compelling and emotional novel about identity, redemption, and faith. Expect it to be poplar among women of all ages."

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