For Patricia Curren, the summer of 1978 begins with a devastating discovery: an unfamiliar black pearl button in the bed she shares with her controlling husband, Jack. Seeking the courage to end her desolate marriage, Patricia spends a quiet summer alone on beautiful Kiawah Island. But when she meets Terry Sloan, a collegiate tennis player trying to go pro, their physical attraction sparks a slow burn toward obsession.
Once Patricia and Terry share closely guarded secrets from their pasts, they want more than a summer together. But their love soon fractures, as a potential sponsor takes an unusually keen interest in Terry—both on court and off. And when single, career-driven Lynn Hewitt arrives, other secrets must surface, including the one Patricia has kept from Terry all summer.
An intimate portrait of the folly of the human heart, Breaking and Holding explores buried truths that are startlingly unveiled. What’s left in their wake has the power not only to shatter lives…but to redeem them.
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About the Author
Judy Fogarty lives, writes, reads, and runs on the historic Isle of Hope in her native Savannah, Georgia. She holds a master of music degree from the University of Illinois and has served as director of marketing for private golf and tennis communities in the Savannah/Hilton Head area. Breaking and Holding is her debut novel. With the invaluable support of her husband and two children, Judy’s work on her second novel is well under way.
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Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Patricia Curren had a hard childhood and Jack Curren came to her rescue and now has become a controlling husband. She decides to stay the summer in their vacation home and this summer may send her life in a new direction. From the beginning this book just read a little off. I couldn't connect with Patricia and just didn't care to take this journey with her. I almost wish I had learned more of her childhood and why she is who she is earlier because I maybe would have cared more about her from then.
Favorite Quotes: This isn’t my story. It’s Patricia and Terry’s. But in the summer of 1978, their lives were wound around mine like strands of twine around a spool. Twine. Rope. Barbed wire by August. She had a smile that happened slowly. It tantalized him as he waited for its full expanse and the shifting of a tiny birthmark just above her upper lip. It was so black, flat, and perfectly round that it looked like a dot she’d drawn with the tip of a permanent marker. I combined her account with his, similarities exceeded differences. But the differences were what mattered. I suppose the truth lay somewhere in the middle, without angry reds and blinding whites, without the midnight-black of selective memory, without the grays they dabbled in to muddy their guilt and failures. Prosecutor and defender for both, judge and jury for neither, I deposed and cross-examined her as diligently as I had deposed and cross-examined him. Husband and wife were equally convincing. This isn’t Chekhov, Tricia thought on the flight to Savannah. This is theater of the absurd, and I have the leading role. My Review: Breaking and Holding was a complex, evocative, and angsty read. The characters were fascinatingly tarnished, frustratingly weak-natured, and so deeply flawed they were practically ruined before the story started. They were also stunningly detailed with vibrant descriptions that thoroughly conjured them from the page and brought them fully formed and clearly visible while they darted about in my minds-eye. I was frequently annoyed with Patricia’s floundering and helplessness, although I had to keep reminding myself the story was taking place during 1978 and early 80s. While this era wasn’t that long ago, it would be a largely unrecognizable world to many today. I came of age in the 70s and do not remember it fondly; men enjoyed a profound sense of entitlement where domestic abuse and/or intimidation were generally not reported nor unusual, and women were considered to be dependents or possessions instead of partners. Being a dominating a-hole was frighteningly close to a revered status in the inbred rural hamlet of my youth. Written from a multiple POV, Ms. Fogarty expertly captured the pop culture and flavor of the era while keeping the storyline taut with tension and fraught with anxiety and profound inaction. Everyone had at least one or two dark secrets and feared exposure and a sense of impending disaster. I felt the constant thrum of pressure and awaited the approaching train wreck; I knew it was coming and was intrigued about just what the specific antecedent would be that would trip the bomb and blow the track. There were multiple instances I thought the fuse was lit and was bracing for the explosion, but oh - what a sly and clever minx Ms. Fogarty is, she fooled me more than once. The storyline was cleverly constructed and smartly written. Judy Fogarty has made a stunning debut.
"Breaking and Holding" is as heart-breaking as it is soulful. Patricia is a broken young woman who clings to the man who helped her when she was 7 (and he was an adult) and courted her when she was older. Jack is her rough, abusive, controlling husband. Patricia (or Tricia, the change in name representing the change within) finds out that he has cheated on her, and this revelation gives her the shove she needs to start trying to extricate herself from the relationship. She begins by staying at their beach house without him. The story is told from the first-person point-of-view of Lynn, Jack's assistant despite being equally qualified- she is held back by her gender. The POV is broken for about 10% of the book around the 50% mark for some unknown reason (editing issues?) but works for the first and later chapters. The time when it follows Tricia and Terry (a young dyslexic tennis player) without Lynn or Jack. We learn pretty quickly that Lynn was the affair Jack had but she is confidante to everyone she meets throughout the book, despite being emotionally empty herself (everyone relies on her and she must rely on herself). The story ultimately is about Tricia and Terry's relationship and the obstacles they face, including adultery, alcoholism, and abuse. They were each broken at a young age and help the other to piece together what they have left. Tricia gains her strength and Terry gains some sanity. This is broken again when the truth comes out and they must part. They then put themselves back together, slowly and painfully, alone. It's really an incredible book, filled with lives of pain, anguish, and suffering. It was at the same time hard and easy to read- easy because it flows and won't let you put it down; hard because it's emotionally very heavy. Overall, it's a read that I am convinced will stick with me but one which I won't need to read again (I doubt I will ever forget this story). It is quite a perspective and journey. I would recommend this book, but be prepared to have your heart bumped and torn and pieced together along the way. It's just that good. Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.