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Synopsis: What does unconditional love mean? Baby's Breath is a groundbreaking novel about a mother-daughter relationship shattered by a crime so horrific that even in our jaded culture few speak of it without an involuntary shudder. None of us thinks it could happen in our family. Leah Pacey, however, is not allowed the luxury of such denial. For her, the only notion more unthinkable than Alyssa's act is that of abandoning her daughter.
Leah's search for understanding is as halting as our own. She persists only because she must.
As we all must.
Baby's Breath is an unprecedented story of human suffering and human redemption. Sometimes art takes us where we have not imagined, where we do not go of our own accord, and in doing so becomes an instrument of social change. In this meticulously researched work, Hugo and Villegas patiently open our hearts to see beyond the surface of one girl, beyond the surface of sensational headlines. Important literature is rarely easy and this novel is no exception.
From the Author: After writing our first collaborative novel about friendship between unrelated women, we wanted to explore an even closer female tie. As the mothers of teenage daughters, it seemed natural to us to write about this relationship which we both know so well (better than we wish occasionally, when adolescent attitudes are big enough to warrant their own zip codes). But no matter their lunatic delinquencies and astounding power to annoy, we continue to love our daughters without measure. This unconditional love coupled with a whole spate of headlines in the late nineties about young women our daughters’ ages started us imagining how the mothers of these girls reacted.
As we investigated, interviewed, read trial transcripts, and visited a jail, the compassion we’d initially felt for the mothers of the young women came to encompass the girls who committed this unthinkable crime. That compassion (there but for the grace of God go my daughter and I) will be the source of legislation and social programs to address this problem.
We appreciate reader responses. We write for the same reason that we read widely: to encounter characters skillfully rendered from the inside out.
Baby’s Breath is a book which we know may elicit reactions from people who don’t understand or believe the denial of a young woman who commits a neonaticide. We’d like to be outraged by such disbelief, but at the same time, we realize that a reader who can’t accept what our meticulous research taught us is mirroring the first response of others in contemporary culture. However, we think it’s important not to compound the denial of the young mothers with our own. A reader who says, essentially, this doesn’t really happen, has forgotten to look long and hard into the human mirror.
Title: Baby's Breath
Publisher: Synergistic Press
Book Condition: As New
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