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Fire & Water is a dark story of passion, family secrets, and the enduring power of friendship. Katherine Murphy, a pediatric surgeon in San Francisco's premier medical center, UCSF, was raised in the ironic protection of her father's Irish pub by a patchwork family formed of misfits and orphans. She is book-brilliant, but unwise in the ways of love and life. When genuine love and deep passion present themselves in the form of Jake Bloom, a renowned "artist of the immediate", she is in far too deep before she discovers the treacherous dark side of his creative genius.
Only her shoot-from-the-lip friend Mary K sees past Jake's initial charms, but by then Kate's life has been indelibly altered. As Jake spirals into the depths of his mental illness, Kate is faced with previously unthinkable choices that demand her to search her soul and find her own true north.
This is a story that redefines what family really means and proves that love is always a matter of life and death.
©2014 Betsy Graziani Fasbinder (P)2014 Betsy Graziani Fasbinder
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By Malena on 09-27-14

A very artful novel

I ended up loving this book, though I have to admit that it started out a little slow for me. What kept me with it are the wonderful characters this author created. And then I just couldn't stop listening, the story then completely won me over. It's very important in a novel told in the first person that you like that person, or at least are willing to spend 12 hours of your like with that person. Kate is very believable, both in her virtues and her faults. I also like when an author writes a child, in this case a 5 year-old, who uses age-appropriate language and doesn't come off as a miniature adult.
Monica McKey does a great job with the voices. I especially liked her Jake Bloom, who is a very complex character and required some finesse to manifest. Mary K was also well voiced. I hope Ms. McKey plans on reading more audio books, as I think she is very good with the accents.
If you like car chases and bombs exploding DO NOT buy this book. It is very thoughtful and literary. The writing is beautiful in itself, but the story that writing conveys will take you to new and unexpected places. Enjoy.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-11-17

Good story but audio lacking

I liked the story. I appreciated the author tackling such a sensitive topic. Unfortunately, the audio recording was irritating. Often, I heard too much breath & lip smacking. The voice/accent of Mary K was awful!

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