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how to breathe underwater

Julie Orringer

“Sometimes I freeze in front of the canvas, full of the knowledge that if I keep painting, sooner or later I will fail her” I picked this book up on a whim after seeing only the title on a shelf at an airbnb where I was staying in NYC for one week. I was not prepared for this collection of short stories concerning girls and young women. Each story has a strange (sometimes subtle) darkness to it, and honestly, it made me reflect on myself in ways that I didn't want to. Each story carries some sort of dark, defining moment that the characters encounter in their childhood, and it makes you consider your own dark secrets.

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