Synopses & Reviews
"From the perspective of sophomore Maggie Paris with occasional interludes from the spirit of her sister, Leah, who drowned at age nine Baskin (All We Know of Love) writes an unsettling novel that shows the impact of guilt and childhood trauma. Maggie is an excellent swimmer, a top contender on her school's team, and people she barely knows tend to confide in her ('Maggie knew, even if no one else understood, that this kind of intimacy made people resent her'). Haunted by regret over not being able to save Leah's life, Maggie feels distant from others and is reluctant to build a solid relationship with a boy who is interested in her. Maggie is a sympathetic, psychologically complex heroine; her self-destructive impulses, coupled with recurring reminders of loss and death (including flashbacks to her sister's accident), create a bleak atmosphere. The passages from Maggie's sister, presented as a collection of memories, cast the family's vision of Leah in an intriguing new light, but are only peripherally related to Maggie's immediate concerns. Ages 14 up. Agent: Nancy Gallt Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Nora Raleigh Baskin is the acclaimed author of several novels for young readers, including All We Know of Love. About Surfacing, she says, "The traumas I have experienced in my life seem to continually surface and demand to be told, and retold, in different forms. Each time, I find myself having to face something I hadnt understood before." Nora Raleigh Baskin lives in New York State.