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Breathing Room
by Patricia Elam   

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Publisher:  Pocket Books ISBN-10:  0671028421 Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 2001

Set in Washington, D.C., it is the story of three women as they navigate the terrains of friendship, interracial dating, raising children and racism.

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Photographer Norma Simmons-Greer and probation officer Moxie Dillard have been best friends since college but suddenly the bond between them begins to unravel in unexpected ways. Anguished over the loss of her second child and her husband's recent withdrawal, Norma takes refuge in a complex love affair that puts her at odds with Moxie. While Moxie struggles to understand her friend, her own refusal to compromise threatens to shatter her relationship with her 15- year old daughter, Zadi, who reveals part of the story through her diary entries. Ultimately a devastating crisis challenges all three to face the hardest of truths.


"The [photograph]...of her father's hands captivates [Moxie]...because although she was there when Norma took the picture, she hadn't seen it yet. She recalls Norma saying she was intrigued by how the light 'encountered' her father's hands. She and her father couldn't see whatever it was Norma saw. ...Moxie is once again awed by Norma's passion for her work and somewhat envious. There's a pureness to having a vocation that comes from a deep place in your soul, one that patiently waited to be discovered since birth. A South African writer she admires once said, 'Babies are born with their hands clenched in tight fists holding the gifts God gave them. It is our job to help them discover those gifts during their lifetime so that when they die with open hands, their work has been completed.' Norma has discovered the gift in her hands, Moxie thinks."

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Reader Reviews for "Breathing Room"

Reviewed by Marquitta Stephens 11/18/2002
I loved the book, it was very interesting. I taught me a lot because I'm so young.
Reviewed by maria 8/14/2002
My fiance' bought me this book. It really touched my heart. I could relate to the characters.
Reviewed by toni 6/18/2002
ok i have to admit ii'm 16 and dis is sorta 1 of da only books i've read and it was da best book everi've told all mah friends to read it it had this out look on life dat is awesome cause it shows everything and doesn't hold back and wen i think abotu it it is kinda scary any way it is da best boook ever
Reviewed by Steven Tyler-James 8/18/2001
The book was recommended to me by a friend that is an aspiring author. While the subject matter was beyond my personal interests, I was intrigued by the story.

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