Thorndike Press

As Close to Us As Breathing

  • Elizabeth Poliner
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  • ISBN-10: 1410490777
  • ISBN-13: 9781410490773
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.30 lbs ( .59 kgs)
  • 548 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released July 2016



A multigenerational family saga about the long-lasting reverberations of one tragic summer by a masterful storyteller and brilliant observer of human nature. Elizabeth Poliner has created an unforgettable meditation on grief, guilt, and the boundaries of identity and love.


Customer Reviews

"Poliner depicts each character with sensitivity and insight . . . Beautifully written, stringently unsentimental, and yet tender in its empathy for the perennial human conflict between service and self."

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

"Poliner's novel is an exquisitely written investigation of grief and atonement, and an elegy for a Jewish family bound together by tradition and tribe.”

— Publishers Weekly

"If summer, for you, recalls days spent by the seashore, Poliner's saga of three Jewish sisters and the beachfront cottage they share with their families ― until life-altering tragedy strikes ― will enthrall you.”

— O, the Oprah Magazine