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The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners

August 17, 2009 - Amy Phelps
A family makes an attempt to find some resolution in their broken relationship in Luanne Rice's "The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners."

Lyra Davis left her two daughters behind with their father when her depression got to be too much for her to handle. She found her way to the isle of Capri, and has been living a quiet life there ever since, working as gardener, and befriending her neighbor, Max.

Years later, her grown daughter, Pell, decides to leave her little sister Lucy and her long-time boyfriend, Travis behind in order to finally confront her mother. When her father died when she was 13, Pell and Lucy have been living with their grandmother, Lyra's mother. But even though they live a life of high society, everything is not perfect. Both girls had a horrible time after their mother left when they were but children, which has taken years of counseling to deal with, and even now Lucy has bouts of sleepwalking and restless nights. Pell is afraid to leave her sister alone when she goes off to college, but feels she must make this trip now if they are ever going to have any chance of putting their childhood behind them.

As Lyra and Pell both confront the past, the reason Lyra left, and what that leaves for them now, Pell also befriends Max's troubled grandson, Rafe, and finds herself relating to him, which may undo her relationship with Travis. In the end, will healing begin for this family?

A warm and sad tale of a family divided by depression, Rice tells a story of healing a terrible rift and gives hope to the reader.

"The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners" is published by Bantam. It is $26 and 302 pages long.


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