The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming

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Baker & Taylor
Her suburban life thrown into chaos when she is visited by the ghost of a thirteen-year-old girl who has just drowned under suspicious circumstances, Laurel begins questioning the characters of her neighbors with the help of her unpredictable sister.

Blackwell North Amer
Laurel Gray Hawthorne hasn't seen a ghost in the thirteen years she and her husband have lived in the beautiful gated neighborhood of Victorianna. Keeping her head down, she's managed to make a good life for her beloved daughter and husband while working on her nationally acclaimed art quilts. But in the dog days of a Florida August, she wakes to find a dead girl standing by her bed. It's the ghost of her daughter's best friend, Molly, who leads the way to her own small body, floating lifelessly in the Hawthornes' backyard pool. Now, with police on her lawn and neighbors peeking over the fence, Laurel's carefully constructed existence cracks, and her past seeps through.
Laurel and her sister, Thalia, grew up in what appears to be a typical blue-collar home, but the Grays have long been hiding a very literal skeleton in their closet. While Laurel built her pretty, pleasing life in the suburbs, Thalia became an actress with a capital A, about as unconventional as they come. She's the walking definition of mess, and no longer fits in Laurel's tidy world. Yet Molly can't rest until someone learns her secrets, and she has opened a door to the past that Laurel can't close alone. She turns to her wild and estranged sister, though asking for Thalia's help is like jumping into a hot frying pan protected only by a thin layer of Crisco. Together they set out on a life-altering journey that will reveal their family's buried history, the true state of Laurel's perfect marriage, and what really happened to the girl who stopped swimming.

Hachette Book Group
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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& Taylor

Laurel Gray Hawthorne's life seems neatly on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--until 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.
Her suburban life thrown into chaos when she is visited by the ghost of a thirteen-year-old girl who has just drowned under suspicious circumstances, Laurel begins questioning the characters of her seemingly innocent neighbors with the help of her unpredictable sister. By the author of Between, Georgia.

Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780446579650
0446579653
Branch Call Number: FICTION JACKSON
Characteristics: 311 p.

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finn75
Jul 07, 2013

I really like Joshilyn Jackson's books. They are easy reads but great characters and great stories. I guess this is a story about how much our past still influences us no matter how much you try and leave it behind. The main character sees this past she thought she had made peace with come back to undo everything she holds dear - then the fight is on!!

Junebug84 Jul 17, 2011

This book isn't what you would expect. It's more like Nancy Drew meets Desperate Housewives. I loved how it wasn't your typical chick lit, and it was a far cry from Joshilyn Jackson's previous novel, "Gods in Alabama". Laurel is the typical wife who has a daily routine; go to dry cleaner's, weed the garden, go to the store, plant the tulips, drop Shelby off at school. However her predictable life is turned upside down when one of the neighbor's and her daughter's best friend drowns in her pool. Now Laurel is racing against the clock to protect her family, and with her sister's help solves the mystery of the neighbor girl's death that no one saw coming. It is truly an inspiring novel about forgiveness, but most of all starting over. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to wake us up to focus on what is truly important.

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LMarty
Apr 12, 2011

another easy read because I like curling up in a chair with the girlfriends reading book.

quagga Jan 02, 2010

Laurel Hawthorne wakes up one night to see a ghost at the foot of her bed. It is the ghost of Molly, a friend of Laurel's 13-year-old daughter, Shelby. Molly has just drowned in the Hawthorne's swimming pool. As Laurel tries to understand how Molly ended up dead, dark family secrets come to the surface. Her perfect life in a gated Florida community is turned upside-down. I listened to an audiobook narrated by the author, which added the dimension of the voices of the Southern setting. The ghost aspect may make this sound creepier than it is; I found it rather frothy, but entertaining.

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