A young woman walks out on her life, taking only her young
daughter. She drives down to the seaside and they spend the first
night camping on the beach. The next day, they cross the border and
stop in a small Spanish town. And there they stay. The old life of
routine and immobility is transformed into one of freedom and
fluidity. Mother and daughter play on the beach, go for walks, eat
ice cream. They watch the ocean. And they make new contacts: with
the owner of the flat, with a swimming instructor who is teaching
the child and with a strangely hesitant private investigator, hired
by the woman's deserted husband...Intensely sensual, simple yet
unnerving, Breathing Underwater is Darrieussecq's tour de force.
The novel was hailed in France as 'gripping' (Le Monde), 'truly
inspired' (Elle) and 'the good news we've all been waiting for' (Le
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