Synopses & Reviews
Nine brave, wise, and spellbinding stories make up this award-winning debut. In When She is Old and I Am Famous a young woman confronts the inscrutable power of her cousin's beauty. In Note to Sixth-Grade Self a band of popular girls exert their social power over an awkward outcast. In Isabel Fish fourteen-year-old Maddy learns to scuba dive in order to mend her family after a terrible accident. Alive with the victories, humiliations, and tragedies of youth, How to Breathe Underwaterilluminates this powerful territory with striking grace and intelligence.
Orringer dives into the private world of childhood and immerses us in its fear and longings, but equally reminds us of those rare, exhilarating moments of victory and joy.