Breathe by Kelly Kittel
Thursday, October 30th
Kelly Kittel has been trying to make the world a better place since she arrived with a book clutched tightly in her little fist. Indeed, some of her best friends are books. She spent most of her career as a fish biologist saving the salmon but has been slowly undergoing metamorphosis from a fish biologist who writes to a writer who used to work as a fish biologist.
Kelly has had thirteen preganancies and given birth to seven children, only five of whom are living today. Needless to say, she knows a lot about loss. She has never been highly decorated but was once the spelling bee champion of her second grade class. She currently lives on Aquidneck Island, the original Rhode Island, with her husband and their two youngest children (the other three are in college and grad school). But her favorite place to write is in their yurts on the coast of Oregon.
Kelly Kittel never questioned her Mayflower Society mantra--"Family is
the most important thing"--until the day her fifteen-month-old son was
run over by her sixteen-year-old niece. Nine months later, Kittel's
doctor made a terrible mistake during her subsequent pregnancy and she
found herself burying yet another baby. Caught up in the maelstrom of a
malpractice lawsuit, Kittel and her husband battle not only the medical
system, but their own relatives, in the courtroom. As their family tree
begins to topple, the Kittels struggle to nourish the roots of their
young family and find healing. Achingly raw and beautifully narrated,
"Breathe "is a story of motherhood, death, and family in the face of
unspeakable tragedy and, ultimately, how she learns to breathe again.