Breathe - A Novel
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Beautifully written with an astonishing maturity, Anne-Sophie Brasme's Breathe is the haunting confession of nineteen-year-old Charlene Boher. From her prison cell, Charlene recounts her troubled childhood and lonely adolescence-that is, until she meets the confident and charismatic Sarah, the new girl at school with a magnetic presence. To Charlene's disbelief and delight, they become the best of friends. But as their seemingly idyllic relationship sours and friendship veers toward obsession, Charlene's blind devotion spirals into hatred. Is Sarah really as manipulative and malicious as Charlene thinks? Or has Charlene become unhinged and poisoned by jealousy? Unfolding slowly and eerily toward its conclusion, Breathe is a psychologically rich and convincing portrait of the dangerous intensity of friendship.
Translated by Rory Mulholland.