'An exquisite debut novel from a fresh face in Irish literature. I was gripped from the start and swallowed up this emotional story in a day. Beth Crowe has had a breakdown and wants a fresh start at university. While there, she is haunted by rumours surrounding her famous grandfather's suicide. Eager to uncover more and learn about the man she never knew, she embarks on a journey to unearth family secrets through a tangled web of poetry and lost love.' -Recommended by Rhea Cassidy, Dubray Dun Laoghaire
A young woman comes of age in the shadow of her family's tragic past.
When Beth Crowe starts university, she is shadowed by the ghost of her potential as a competitive swimmer. Free to create a fresh identity for herself, she finds herself among people who adore the poetry of her grandfather, Benjamin Crowe, who died tragically before she was born. She embarks on a secret relationship - and on a quest to discover the truth about Benjamin and his widow, her beloved grandmother Lydia. The quest brings her into an archive that no scholar has ever seen, and to a person who knows things about her family that nobody else knows.
Holding Her Breath is a razor-sharp, moving and seriously entertaining novel about complicated love stories, ambition and grief - and a young woman coming fully into her powers.
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