Can you forgive yourself for the pain you inflict on others?
Almost-sixty-one-year-old anesthesiologist Carla Ruud drives from Oslo to her hometown to visit her mother at the nursing home. With her in the car is a young woman, Synne, who is heading in the same direction. On the icy road, Carla loses control of the car and they end up driving off a cliff. Despite all her medical experience, Carla cannot save Synne’s life.
Breathe for Me is a pensive novel from the author of the best-seller Mother's Gifts. A novel about three generations of women - Carla’s mother aged 90, Carla herself, and Carla’s daughter, Ingrid aged 31 - about the vulnerability of being dependent on those closest to you and about losing control over your own life. One can withstand pain as long as it has a purpose, but what about when it does not have any? And the day you no longer feel like anybody needs you, who are you then?