Within days Marilyn loses her parents to cancer and a terrorist bombing. As she mourns, she traces her increasingly fragile sense of life to her parents’ anxious brand of love and survivorship — byproducts of their European Jewish descent. When Marilyn takes up underwater diving, the obsessive risk-taker in her emerges as she uncovers a realm of sublime rapture and awe — a reason to live. Diving deep and long she encounters hidden aspects of her identity nearly extinct. Returning each time to the surface, she believes herself freed from the past’s complex emotional legacies. Until a close call diving inside a shipwreck causes her to quit. But when her best friend dies while exploring an underwater cave with Marilyn’s husband she takes up diving again to honor — and outdo — her late friend. Marilyn then drags her husband with her as she increasingly pushes herself far past her limits endangering them both. This gripping novel explores the tangled lives of three driven and flawed people, bound and propelled and ultimately unraveled by desire loss and guilt.
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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