The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
Published by Philomel Books
Publication Date: March 15th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Women's Fiction
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Cassie O’Malley has been trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically—since birth. It’s been two and a half years since Cassie’s mother dumped her in a mental institution against her will, and now, at eighteen, Cassie is finally able to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms.
But freedom is a poor match against a lifetime of psychological damage. As Cassie plumbs the depths of her new surroundings, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie’s childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is real? And more important, whose life must she save?
A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.
That pretty much sums up my review for The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter. I found this one at the library and just grabbed it for something to read at night before I went to bed. Little did I know that this would soon become a book that I would consider to be one of my favorites!
I found the book to be a little slow to get into at first. But, by the middle of the book I found myself eager to find out what was going to happen next. By the time I got to the last 10 chapters or so, I was so immersed, that I found myself sitting up to finish it after the rest of the world was fast asleep!! I think I held my breath pretty much during the last 6 chapters or so!
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter is a one of those books that you don’t find every day. It is one of those that grabs you by the throat and makes you pay attention. I absolutely loved it and have recommended it to many of my bibliophile friends. I highly recommend it to you as well.
So check out the description and decide for yourself. But believe me, if you choose to pass on this one you will definitely be missing out!!