Invisible as Air
Book Review - Invisible as Air by Zoe Fishman
“Zoe Fishman is a gifted writer; her characters are so alive they seem to breathe. INVISIBLE AS AIR poignantly reveals a family on the point of fracture, each looking for escape, each isolated, each desperate to connect. Though it speaks to one of the most difficult issues facing our nation with wisdom and deep grace, this is not an “issue” book. This is a book about people, flawed but striving, broken but hopeful. Once I started, I couldn’t put it down.” — Joshilyn Jackson New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
I could not have said it better. Joshilyn Jackson nailed exactly what it is I loved about this book. Invisible as Air is about Sylvie Snow who is trying to juggle everything in life, plus grieving for the loss of her stillborn baby. Then her husband breaks his ankle and she has to care for him, too. He refuses to take the Oxycontin he’s been prescribed for the pain, so his recovery is slow and painful. When Sylvie just can’t take one more thing to go wrong, she decides to take just one of her husband’s Oxycontin pills. Just this once. She discovers she is kinder, more patient, and the best version of herself with the help of this pill. As you can imagine, she doesn’t stop with just one.
This book was heartbreaking, to say the least. Addiction to prescription painkillers is, unfortunately, a common issue. Sylvie’s friends and family, at first, welcome the change in Sylvie. They talk about how she seems to be getting better, how she seems happier and more attentive. All the while, not knowing they were encouraging her to keep taking these pills. This book would be a great book club book with members discussing their thoughts on Sylvie’s addiction and how it progressed.