Friday, November 02, 2018
Learning to Breathe, by Janice Lynn Mather
Sort of a Bahama-flavored Speak, what will surprise readers the most about the story is what it is not about: class and poverty. While there is plenty of patois in the speech of the characters to make it clear where this take place, the setting seemed quite universal. There was little here to exclusively place this in the Bahamas. What there is in this novel is an engrossing heroine and many other vivid supporting characters. There's some shocking cruelty depicted here, but it is balanced by plenty of kindness, as the adults generally rise to the occasion.
I found the story engrossing and hard to put down.