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ISBN13: 9780446697828
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Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the literal family skeleton stays in the closet or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel's life seems neatly on track — a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna — everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne.

The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable — an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

Richer and more rewarding than any story Joshilyn Jackson has yet written, yet still packed with Jackson's trademarked outrageous characters, sparkling dialogue, and defiantly twisting plotting, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming is destined both to delight Jackson's loyal fans and capture a whole new audience.

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"Jackson matches effortless Southern storytelling with a keen eye for character and heart-stopping circumstances. Laurel, a high-end quilt maker, sees the ghost of a little girl in her bedroom one night. When it leads her to the backyard and a dead girl in the swimming pool, the life Laurel had hoped to build in her gated Florida neighborhood with her video-game designer husband, David, and their tween daughter, Shelby, starts to fall apart. Though the police clear the drowning as accidental, it soon appears that Shelby and her friend Bet may have been involved. Bet, who lives in DeLop, Laurel's impoverished hometown, was staying over the night of the drowning and plays an increasingly important role as the truth behind the drowning comes to light. Meanwhile, Laurel's sister, Thalia, whose unconventional ways are anathema to Laurel's staid existence, comes to stay with the family and helps sort things out. Subplots abound: Laurel thinks David is having an affair, and Thalia reveals some ugly family secrets involving the death of their uncle. What makes this novel shine are its revelations about the dark side of Southern society and Thalia and Laurel's finely honed relationship, which shows just how much thicker blood is than water." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A veritable southern gothic, Jackson's fluid, masterful novel builds to an exciting, if somewhat over-the-top finish that at last weaves together Laurel's past and her present." Booklist

Review:

"Jackson illuminates not just the complexities of family love as a source of safety and support but also the complexities of danger and death." Library Journal

Synopsis:

"Jackson has done it again...her skillful unraveling of family secrets and betrayal left me breathless. You must read this book!" Sara Gruen, New York Times-bestselling author of Water for Elephants

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kaydiweeks, January 12, 2010 (view all comments by kaydiweeks)
Jackson's novel isn't really about ghosts...either where she grew up in DeLop or about seeing a couple. It is about memory, perception, misplaced perceptions when anger intervenes, and very much about jealousy. The
jealousy creates violent outcomes, but is borne out of the need for love. The psychological aspects of this author's characters are "right on target." She doesn't miss a beat. I kept nodding my head to affirm, more toward the end of the book than the beginning. These are mysteries of the heart. A great read. I heartily recommend it!
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bevula, November 17, 2009 (view all comments by bevula)
Joshilyn Jackson is the kind of writer we all dream of being. Every description contains scents and sounds and connections that leave the reader no choice but to become a part of the book. The plot of her book is compelling and sufficiently twisted, but the experience of living inside it is extraordinary.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780446697828
Author:
Jackson, Joshilyn
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
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Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
319
Dimensions:
7.94x5.32x.90 in. .60 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jackson matches effortless Southern storytelling with a keen eye for character and heart-stopping circumstances. Laurel, a high-end quilt maker, sees the ghost of a little girl in her bedroom one night. When it leads her to the backyard and a dead girl in the swimming pool, the life Laurel had hoped to build in her gated Florida neighborhood with her video-game designer husband, David, and their tween daughter, Shelby, starts to fall apart. Though the police clear the drowning as accidental, it soon appears that Shelby and her friend Bet may have been involved. Bet, who lives in DeLop, Laurel's impoverished hometown, was staying over the night of the drowning and plays an increasingly important role as the truth behind the drowning comes to light. Meanwhile, Laurel's sister, Thalia, whose unconventional ways are anathema to Laurel's staid existence, comes to stay with the family and helps sort things out. Subplots abound: Laurel thinks David is having an affair, and Thalia reveals some ugly family secrets involving the death of their uncle. What makes this novel shine are its revelations about the dark side of Southern society and Thalia and Laurel's finely honed relationship, which shows just how much thicker blood is than water." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A veritable southern gothic, Jackson's fluid, masterful novel builds to an exciting, if somewhat over-the-top finish that at last weaves together Laurel's past and her present."
"Review" by , "Jackson illuminates not just the complexities of family love as a source of safety and support but also the complexities of danger and death."
"Synopsis" by , "Jackson has done it again...her skillful unraveling of family secrets and betrayal left me breathless. You must read this book!" Sara Gruen, New York Times-bestselling author of Water for Elephants
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