The Air We Breathe

The Air We Breathe

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by Christa Parrish
     
 

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New from the Winner of ECPA's Fiction Book of the Year

Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She's ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Yearning to live free but unable to overcome deep wounds from her past, she stays hidden away. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew six

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New from the Winner of ECPA's Fiction Book of the Year

Seventeen-year-old Molly Fisk does not go outside. She's ruled by anxiety and only feels safe in the tiny tourist-town museum she and her mother run and call home. Yearning to live free but unable to overcome deep wounds from her past, she stays hidden away. Then the chance arrival of a woman Molly knew six years ago changes everything.

Six years ago, newly single Claire Rodriguez was an empty shell. Only in the unique friendship she strikes up with a young girl--a silent girl who'll only talk to Claire--does she see the possibility of healing. But one day the girl and her mother vanish, their house abandoned. What happened that drove them away? And how can Claire now offer Molly the same chance at finding a life anew?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. Agency: William K. Jensen Literary Agency. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441213150
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
286,561
File size:
772 KB

Meet the Author

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 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year, and Watch Over Me, which won the 2010 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year. Learn more at www.christaparrish.com.
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 2009 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year, Watch Over Me, which won the 2010 ECPA Fiction Book of the Year, and The Air We Breathe. Learn more at www.christaparrish.com.

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Air We Breathe 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
mattidw More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to start with this review. I fell in love with the characters and the writing in this book from the moment I started reading the book. I love how the author set up the book and how you are walked through what happened to the little girl and also what happened to Claire. I spent the whole book hoping that things would work out for the both of them and that they both could find the healing that they needed. The author does a great job of describing what is going on and also she does a even better job with her characters. I was sad to see this book end because I really enjoyed the characters and watching they develop as the story went along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the sample of this book, because i actually know this author. She was a friend of my mom's and goes to my great grandmothers church once in awhile. She is a great author. It wows me that i actually know an author.;)
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
This is a story of healing and hope and how God works in the lives of Molly and Claire who have both lived through traumatic experiences and come out damaged, frightened and lonely. As God brings them together, they help one another to heal and go on with their lives. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to reading more from this author. I, myself suffer from anxiety and sometimes find it hard to leave my house so I could relate to Molly's feelings about the fear of going outside. God works in wonderful ways. The book was well written and interesting from the start to end.I was given this book from Bethany House and this is my own review.
HeatherMicaela More than 1 year ago
If my schedule would have allowed it, I would have sat down and read this book in one sitting. And that, for me, is the first sign that a book is worth reading. Since I could not do that, I found myself longing to read it whenever I was not and trying to prop it open and read it as I did my chores. I appreciated the way the story wove together the past and the present and the characters involved. And I found myself identifying with the main characters, though I had never experienced the circumstances they went through. The heart issues are true for most of us in some way or another. One thing I appreciate about the author is that she is faithful to her beliefs without being preachy. She is real and not afraid to deal with touchy issues. She is even able to show that healing can occur even if you do not get all your questions answered. Because everything does not always fit into a nice theoretical box in real life, it is nice to read about characters who are facing that same reality. I was a bit sorry to say goodbye to the characters at the end of the book, but I was satisfied with the story as I reluctantly set down the book. I highly reccomend taking a journey with them.
PatsyDyer More than 1 year ago
Christa Parrish breathes life into this story of fear, hope, and faith in the book in which the characters immediately capture your heart and you find it difficult to lay the book aside, even for a few moments. While I've read a few other books in which the plot switched back and forth between different time periods and characters, this is the first one that has held my interest so intently, as I searched for clues of the connection. Quite honestly, the revelation caught me by surprise. Sometimes, difficulties we face in life may seem surreal at the time; however, God is always in control. There is a reason for everything in God's plan, as Christa so aptly reveals in a contemporary and realistic way. I highly recommend The Air We Breathe. This book was provided to me by the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for an candid review.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
The Air We Breath started out slow, but as the story unfolded, it gained a steady pace. One of the opening scenes, in which a young girl enters a bank with her father, is captured forever in my mind. The author used vivid imagery, I felt I was there. I love a story that pulls me in like that. Molly is a well-developed character, and I was able to relate to her fears and inner turmoil. I don't want to risk revealing too much about the plot, so I'll just share that The Air We Breathe is a smart and engaging story with memorable characters, and leaves a lasting impression. It isn't (in my opinion) a can't-put-it-down book, but I enjoyed it and its steady pace. Christa Parrish delivered this story in a clever and engaging way. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
LibrarianLauraJ More than 1 year ago
Ever since watching her father die and being held captive by his killers, Hanna refuses to talk....until the day she meets Claire Rodriguez at a park and sees her own pain mirrored in Claire's eyes. With Claire's help, Hanna begins to make progress until her mother whisked her away to a remote little town in Maine, changing her name to Molly. Still unable to shake her fears, seventeen year old Molly now talks but refuses to leave the wax museum where she and her mom work and live. When a chance encounter brings Claire back into her life, will both of them find the healing they need? This book is one of the best I've read in months. The characters are amazingly well-developed with layers of pain and healing that slowly unfolds throughout the flashbacks and current events. Parrish does an incredible job drawing the reader into Hanna's world of fear and capturing Claire's stifling grief.  I could go on and on about how good this book is and still not really cover all the aspects of what makes this book stand out from the others. It's a must-read for fans of Christian Fiction. This is the first book I've read by Parrish, but I am ordering her other books today.  I was given this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
The Air We Breathe is another winning novel from Christa Parrish, 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. Teenager Molly is trapped in an odd wax museum, a prisoner of her own inner fears. As the pizza delivery boy tries to lure outside her "cell walls," he begins to wonder if she is forced to remain there by her secretive mother. As the early story unfolds, it appears that Molly truly wants to leave her life behind and walk the Dorsett Beach sands with young Tobias. Perhaps, the problem is really the mother and Molly is protecting her. Just as I was settling into unraveling the perplexities of this story, Parrish switches the setting to seven years earlier, another city and state, another story. Claire spends her days hiding behind the black and white squares of her crossword puzzles. The world of clues and intersecting words protects her from the memories of her failed marriage and the death of her two children in a car accident -- an accident she feels was her fault. Then one day she notices a young girl on a swing and feeling an odd emotional connection offers to give the little girl a push. Hanna, the girl on the swing, speaks to Claire, telling her that she can see the hurt in Claire's eyes, the same hurt Hanna has hidden within herself. Claire soon learns that Hanna, a victim of severe trauma, has not willingly spoken in weeks and Hanna's mother grudginly believes that Claire may be a link in Hanna's recovery. Then suddenly, weeks later, Hanna and her mother disappear. Already you can see the similar themes of "hurt hearts" that connects these two stories. For now, I will let your imaginations begin to weave the stories together. It will surfice to say that there were enought surprises to keep the suspense moving forward. I liked how Parrish created Molly's faith journey despite her "walled-in life" and her nonreligous mother. I especially like that this novel will appeal to a wide age range -- even the wax figurines that Molly tends and repairs are a way to extend the audience to include older readers, while the budding romance between Molly and Tobias will appeal to younger readers.