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Invisible as air / Zoe Fishman.

Fishman, Zoe, author. (Author).
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library FIS (Text) 33500013137690 New Checked out 11/01/2019
Fosston Public Library FIS (Text) 33500013137708 New Checked out 10/29/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062838230
  • ISBN: 0062838237
  • Physical Description: 392, 14 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note: Includes "P.S., insights, interviews & more..." with and author Q&A, and discussion questions.
Summary, etc.: Sylvie Snow knows the pressures of expectations: a woman is supposed to work hard, but never be tired; age gracefully, but always be beautiful; fix the family problems, but always be carefree. Sylvie does the grocery shopping, the laundry, the scheduling, the schlepping and the PTA-ing, while planning her son's Bar Mitzvah and cheerfully tending her husband, Paul, who's been lying on the sofa with a broken ankle. She's also secretly addicted to the Oxycontin intended for her husband. For three years, Sylvie has repressed her grief about the heartbreaking stillbirth of her newborn daughter, Delilah. On the morning of the anniversary of her death, when she just can't face doing one...more...thing: she takes one--just one--of her husband's discarded pain pills. And suddenly she feels patient, kinder, and miraculously relaxed. She tells herself that the pills are temporary, just a gift, and that when the supply runs out she'll go back to her regularly scheduled programming. But days turn into weeks, and Sylvie slips slowly into a nightmare. At first, Paul and Teddy are completely unaware, but this changes quickly as her desperate choices reveal her desperate state. As the Bar Mitzvah nears, all three of them must face the void within themselves, both alone and together.
For three years Sylvie Snow has repressed her grief about the heartbreaking stillbirth of her newborn daughter, Delilah. On the morning of the anniversary of her death, when she just can't face doing one more thing, she takes one-- just one-- of her husband's discarded pain pills. And suddenly she feels patient, kinder, and miraculously relaxed. She tells herself that the pills are temporary. But days turn into weeks, and Sylvie slips slowly into a nightmare. At first husband Paul is completely unaware. As their son's Bar Mitzvah nears, all three of them must face the void within themselves, both alone and together. -- adapted from back cover
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* On the surface, Sylvie Snow has everything together. She lives in a comfortable suburban home, she's a member of the PTA, and she has a lovely family. Under the surface, Sylvie, her husband Paul, and their son, Teddy, are mourning the loss of a stillborn daughter, Delilah. Paul channeled his grief into a shopping addiction, buying every exercise gadget under the sun. Sylvie has buried most of her feelings, refusing to process her grief with the rest of her family. Facing the third anniversary of Delilah's death, desperate to numb the rising tide of emotions, Sylvie decides to try one of her husband's old pain pills. The pill's effects are sneakily sudden, turning an experiment into a full-blown addiction. As Sylvie descends further into the grip of addiction, she faces the stark reality of her choices. Fishman (Inheriting Edith, 2016) brings her signature style to a timely topic, illustrating the opioid epidemic in a realistic setting and allowing Sylvie's choices to speak for themselves. Largely narrated by Sylvie, with interjections from Paul and Teddy, Invisible as Air takes readers on a raw and wild ride. Fans of Liane Moriarty and Jessica Levine especially should take note. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    *Starred Review* On the surface, Sylvie Snow has everything together. She lives in a comfortable suburban home, she's a member of the PTA, and she has a lovely family. Under the surface, Sylvie, her husband Paul, and their son, Teddy, are mourning the loss of a stillborn daughter, Delilah. Paul channeled his grief into a shopping addiction, buying every exercise gadget under the sun. Sylvie has buried most of her feelings, refusing to process her grief with the rest of her family. Facing the third anniversary of Delilah's death, desperate to numb the rising tide of emotions, Sylvie decides to try one of her husband's old pain pills. The pill's effects are sneakily sudden, turning an experiment into a full-blown addiction. As Sylvie descends further into the grip of addiction, she faces the stark reality of her choices. Fishman (Inheriting Edith, 2016) brings her signature style to a timely topic, illustrating the opioid epidemic in a realistic setting and allowing Sylvie's choices to speak for themselves. Largely narrated by Sylvie, with interjections from Paul and Teddy, Invisible as Air takes readers on a raw and wild ride. Fans of Liane Moriarty and Jessica Levine especially should take note. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Opioid abuse > Fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Mothers > Fiction.
Children > Death > Psychological aspects > Fiction.
Cumberland Island (Ga.) > Fiction.

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