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Breathe

A Novel

Anne-Sophie Brasme; Translated by Rory Mulholland

St. Martin's Griffin

Breathe is the haunting confession of nineteen-year-old Charlene Boher. From her prison cell, Charlene recounts her lonely adolescence. Growing up shy and unpopular, Charlene never had many friends. That is, until she meet Sarah, a beautiful and charismatic American-French girl who moved back to Paris for high school. Much to Charlene's shock and delight, the two girls quickly develop an intense friendship. With Sarah by her side, Charlene finally begins to feel accepted and even loved.

However, after a brief idyllic period, the girls' relationship becomes rocky and friendship veers towards obsession. As Sarah drops Charlene for older, more glamorous friends, Charlene's devotion spirals into hatred. Unfolding slowly and eerily towards a shocking conclusion, Breathe is an intense, convincing portrait of a possessive and ambiguous friendship.

Breathe is the haunting confession of nineteen-year-old Charlene Boher. From her prison cell, Charlene recounts her lonely adolescence. Growing up shy and unpopular, Charlene never had many friends. That is, until she meet Sarah, a beautiful and charismatic American-French girl who moved back to Paris for high school. Much to Charlene's shock and delight, the two girls quickly develop an intense friendship. With Sarah by her side, Charlene finally begins to feel accepted and even loved.

However, after a brief idyllic period, the girls' relationship becomes rocky and friendship veers towards obsession. As Sarah drops Charlene for older, more glamorous friends, Charlene's devotion spirals into hatred. Unfolding slowly and eerily towards a shocking conclusion, Breathe is an intense, convincing portrait of a possessive and ambiguous friendship.

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Prologue

A cold and colourless shadow slides in from the night. It moves along the central corridor before creeping under the metal doors and into this little space enclosed by the cell walls. The same opacity comes to visit us each night, loyal, inalterable. Behind the electric wires that line the yard, we spend our hours watching the endless void that envelopes the world, but we never see any signs to tell us how far advanced the night is.

The heavy, echoing tread of departing warders marks the start of our night. After midnight no sound will trouble the silence. Solitude and alienation
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Praise for Breathe

"Brasme's potent debut spirals through the teenage psyche like the faultlines before a quake, featuring a heroine who could be Camus' sinister little sister."
- Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls In Trouble

"Breathe fuses gothic angst with something more sinisterly existenial...A short, dark account of the hothouse atmosphere of tortured adolescence and overheated relationships."
- Metro, UK

"Author Anne-Sophie Brasme is set to cause a stir with her debut novel, Breathe, about an unrepentant teen murderer."
- British Vogue
"Brasme's potent debut spirals through the teenage psyche like the faultlines before a quake, featuring a heroine who could be Camus' sinister little sister."
- Caroline Leavitt, author of Girls In Trouble

"Breathe fuses gothic angst with something more sinisterly existenial...A short, dark account of the hothouse atmosphere of tortured adolescence and overheated relationships."
- Metro, UK

"Author Anne-Sophie Brasme is set to cause a stir with her debut novel, Breathe, about an unrepentant teen murderer."
- British Vogue

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Anne-Sophie Brasme; Translated by Rory Mulholland

  • Anne-Sophie Brasme was born in 1984. She lives in Paris and Breathe is her first novel.
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Breathe

A Novel

Anne-Sophie Brasme; Translated by Rory Mulholland

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