Breathing Water by Tammy Greenwood

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A tragic boating accident forces Effie Greer to flee the small, New England community of Lake Gormlaith. Her boyfriend Max, a man with a shattered past and explosive temper, has accidentally killed a young black girl who had been visiting Gormlaith for the summer. Unable to deal with her own role in the girl's death, Effie drifts from city to city until learning that Max has died from a heroin overdose. She decides to return to Lake Gormlaith to confront the events of her past and help rebuild her family's cabin, the house that she grew up in and that she and Max shared. Shortly after her arrival, little gifts begin mysteriously appearing on her doorstep and eventually Effie finds salvation in the most unlikely of people.

About Tammy Greenwood

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Greenwood was born in Vermont. She teaches at George Washington University in Washingington, D.C. and The Writer's Guild in Bethesda, Maryland. She lives with her husband and two daughters in the D.C. area.
Published March 15, 1999 by St. Martin's Press. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After the accident, Effie fled alone to the West Coast, but as the story opens three years later she’s back at the lake and finally free of Max, who has died from an overdose.

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The specter of domestic violence haunts this poignant debut, as Effie Greer, a young woman in her 20s, struggles through an agonizing love relationship and its devastating aftermath. After learning of

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Chapters alternate between Effie's return in 1994 and her years (1987-1991) with Max, providing contrast between the tenacious survivor Effie becomes and the self-destructive victim she was.

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