Talking Underwater

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Sister is a sacred word. Cattail Beach is joy. Until one day at its shore both are lost in a single moment. Family is life and Amy has a gentle happy one. Devoted parents a loving marriage two little girls a fulfilling career and a cherished relationship with her sister. Amy and Heather are more than sisters--best friends inseparable confidants co-workers and finally mothers. Cattail the adored beach near their coastal New England home is Amys place of refuge and the backdrop for their happiest summer memories. But when a mistake there ends tragically almost destroying everything that Amy holds as sacred she doesnt know how shell continue nor mend the rift with her sister that results. Talking Underwater explores the balance between the elation of family summers at the ocean and the ways we navigate unbearable heartache and find news ways of being.​​Writing in confident musical prose Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo weaves a story of youth and what it means to come of age in a world whose perfection cannot last. With their beloved childhood beach as a backdrop two sisters learn to overcome longing and loss and ultimately to find redemption.--NAOMI BENARON author of RUNNING THE RIFT winner of the Bellwether Prize for FictionTalking Underwater unfolds with the slow sinuous rhythms of summer. We taste salt on skin we smell the ozone of fast moving storms. Melissa Corliss DeLorenzo is a master at tracing the currents that run beneath the surface of the closest relationships and how sudden riptides can swallow them whole. By turns tender and tragic this is the most generous and genuine story of sisterly love Ive read in ages. -- SHERI HOLMAN author of THE DRESS LODGER and WITCHES ON THE ROAD TONIGHTMelissa Corliss DeLorenzos Talking Underwater is a searing heartfelt story of two sisters and the tragedy that tests their lifelong bond. Told with evocative prose this powerful novel will have you rooting for Amy and Heather to find their way back to each other. Book clubs will love this. --KRISTYN KUSEK LEWIS author of SAVE ME and HOW LUCKY YOU AREMelissa Corliss DeLorenzo is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Talking Underwater is a literary gift filled with characters you want to spend time with. As a fellow New England author I especially appreciate her scene settings--which are rich and vivid. Deep family connections and intrigue frame a plot that makes for a definite page-turner. I highly recommend Talking Underwater for anyone looking to devour the next great read.--STEVEN MANCHSTER #1 bestselling author of THE ROCKIN CHAIR and TWELVE MONTHS Perceptive and deep Talking Underwater is a story of love tragedy forgiveness and healing. KAYA MCLAREN author of HOW I CAME TO SPARKLE AGAINand THE FIRELIGHT GIRLSWith a delicate but sure touch Ms. DeLorenzo creates characters so real you feel youve met them before. The cadence of her prose will stay with you long after you finish the book.--MARY KRUGER author of KNIT FAST DIE YOUNG

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