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Hannah Dyer’s estranged mother was abusive and an alcoholic. At the age of sixty she adopted an infant, but she dies, and Hannah must assume guardianship of her unknown adopted sister. Can Hannah overcome her own emotional and physical scars to do what’s right by the child? 

Burden of Breath alternates between Hannah’s childhood and her adult struggles to separate from her mother’s crippling influence, even from the grave. Anger and isolation force Hannah to confront her traumatic past, and she transforms her life in ways she could never have imagined.