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How to Breathe Underwater

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  • Posted March 8, 2010

    Superb debut

    Every story is good. Realistic characters, finely detailed descriptions, expert craftsmanship. Themes center around female protagonists coming of age, dealing with tragedy, death, sexual curiosity, religion, identity, jealousy, and the humiliations of growing up. You will care about these characters. Loved it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    a group of short stories - ho hum.

    I loved her other book, but this one left so much to be desired. My book club - no one else liked it either. A lot of strange stories, with unsatisfactory endings. Hate to be so negative, but for me, it was a waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Snowclaw

    Isnt here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    Reliving those coming of age years

    Loved this book. At times it was painful to read. It is amazing how well she captures those ackward years of becoming an adult.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2004

    My favorite collection of short stories

    The stories may be disturbing to some, but they stick with you. These are the stories you will catch yourself thinking about at the strangest moments. You will remember each story very vividly for a very long time. They won't leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling, but they make you think. I can't wait for her next collection. This is my favorite book of short stories by far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2004

    When will there be more?

    This book caught me at a glance from the shelf and I have already read this one for a second time. This collection of stories remind me of those memories that are hard, harsh, and tearful which we tuck away. You know, those moments that are forever imbedded in our day's outward pattern and inward monologues. Ms. Orringer is tryly, truly gifted. 'When She is Old, and I am Famous', 'How to Breathe Underwater', 'What We Save', and 'Note to Sixth-Grade Self' are stories that made me remember that life happens, we exprience, we write about it, and hold onto it in the most subtle or outrageous of ways. If you have a weekend that needs an occupation, buy this book! I dare, no I double dog dare anybody to pass this book up. All I want to know... is when will Ms. Orringer be coming out with more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    Best thing since sliced bread

    This book is fantastic. I usually hate new author short story collections, but this is just great. The author's ablity to draw complex emotional pictures quickly is unparrelled. I would recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2003

    Wow, I loved this book.

    I was so moved by this book! Let the voicemail pick up if the phone rings while you're reading these stories. The heroines of 'How to Breathe Underwater' make their way through a complicated world of supermodel cousins, buried sex manuals and science project fighting fish. As is the way of the world, they experience loss (of their innocence, of loved ones) but Orringer always finds dignity and compassion in her characters' struggles. You're going to love this book, too!

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