“Barbara Field has a keen eye and clear head and a voice that sounds like no one else’s. Her work should be read because it’s smart and true and because she uses language beautifully.”
-Alice McDermott, National Book Award Winner
• Winner of 1st place for Mainstream Fiction
• 14th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards (2007).
• Garnered attention from Miramax & HBO.
In this remarkable debut novel set in San Diego, 16-year-old Claire thinks she is pregnant. As spring turns into summer she learns all about motherhood–especially single motherhood–from four fascinating women who meet around a turquoise, community pool.
Claire’s mother, Viginia, is HIV positive, a gutsy southerner on an unusual quest. Claire’s boyfriend’s mother, Molly, a poetic soul, has left behind a world of spousal abuse in Seattle. Renata, another mother, is an elegant New York lawyer who watches her picture-perfect life come undone. And Dorie, a wild would-be writer and young mother, seeks to feel at whatever cost. Until the unspeakable happens.
Like The Joy Luck Club and Waiting to Exhale, The Deeper, The Bluer is about friendship between women, about mothers and daughters, about celebration and loss. It also reveals the aching desire of a teenage girl to save her mother, make sense of her world, to love and be loved. As Claire says, “Real love must be the tightest sucking in of breath, a hold so pure and lube, the deepest blue you can imagine.” An unforgettable and moving story that will resonate long after it’s been read.” Buy on Amazon.