The Shadows in our bedroom flicker differently: it takes me a moment to see that the curtains are torn, and moving the slight wind. A glittering pile of glass lies in front of the window, a few jagged shards still lodged in the frame. The Cot is empty.
There you have it. Now you have a basic idea of what you are in for. If you are a tender hearted soul like myself you will know now whether you are up for the challenge. If you are game enough to read this kind of story you will be rewarded. The Drowning Lesson is a gripping page turner that is beautifully written.
Emma is a woman who wants it all. She wants to be a mother, a wife and a successful doctor and published researcher. She wants to be excellent at everything. To do this she must learn to juggle. But statistically even the best jugglers drop the ball sometimes.
The women born in the '70s and '80s were told to be strong. They were taught to compete with the boys because they are just as smart so should be just as successful. But what of domestication? Parenting? What of the basic rolls of mother and father? Is it really possible for both parents to be just as successful when there are children to raise? And why is it that the mother is usually the one whose career suffers when there are two parents who chose to have children? What do we, the daughters of the forerunners of feminism, do with our competitive need to succeed when we also have the full-time job of motherhood on our shoulders?
These issues ring true in A Drowning Lesson, as Emma is forced to stop juggling for a time and refocus her life. She’s about to learn the true meaning of success in the harshest way possible.
Go on. Dare to crack open the cover.