The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

Large Print - 2008
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Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the literal family skeleton stays in the closet or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel's life seems neatly on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable--an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming. Richer and more rewarding than any story Joshilyn Jackson has yet written, yet still packed with Jackson's trademarked outrageous characters, sparkling dialogue, and defiantly twisting plotting, THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING is destined both to delight Jackson's loyal fans and capture a whole new audience.
Publisher: Detroit : Gale ; Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781597226592
1597226599
Branch Call Number: JACKS
Characteristics: 439 p. ; 23 cm.

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finn75
Jul 07, 2013

I really like Joshilyn Jackson's books. They are easy reads but great characters and great stories. I guess this is a story about how much our past still influences us no matter how much you try and leave it behind. The main character sees this past she thought she had made peace with come back to undo everything she holds dear - then the fight is on!!

Junebug84 Jul 17, 2011

This book isn't what you would expect. It's more like Nancy Drew meets Desperate Housewives. I loved how it wasn't your typical chick lit, and it was a far cry from Joshilyn Jackson's previous novel, "Gods in Alabama". Laurel is the typical wife who has a daily routine; go to dry cleaner's, weed the garden, go to the store, plant the tulips, drop Shelby off at school. However her predictable life is turned upside down when one of the neighbor's and her daughter's best friend drowns in her pool. Now Laurel is racing against the clock to protect her family, and with her sister's help solves the mystery of the neighbor girl's death that no one saw coming. It is truly an inspiring novel about forgiveness, but most of all starting over. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to wake us up to focus on what is truly important.

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LMarty
Apr 12, 2011

another easy read because I like curling up in a chair with the girlfriends reading book.

quagga Jan 02, 2010

Laurel Hawthorne wakes up one night to see a ghost at the foot of her bed. It is the ghost of Molly, a friend of Laurel's 13-year-old daughter, Shelby. Molly has just drowned in the Hawthorne's swimming pool. As Laurel tries to understand how Molly ended up dead, dark family secrets come to the surface. Her perfect life in a gated Florida community is turned upside-down. I listened to an audiobook narrated by the author, which added the dimension of the voices of the Southern setting. The ghost aspect may make this sound creepier than it is; I found it rather frothy, but entertaining.

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