Monday, February 27, 2012

Escape by Barbara Delinsky

From Goodreads:
In her luminous new novel, Barbara Delinsky explores every woman’s desire to abandon the endless obligations of work and marriage—and the idea that the most passionate romance can be found with the person you know best. Emily Aulenbach is thirty, a lawyer married to a lawyer, working in Manhattan. An idealist, she had once dreamed of representing victims of corporate abuse, but she spends her days in a cubicle talking on the phone with vic­tims of tainted bottled water—and she is on the bottler’s side.

And it isn’t only work. It’s her sister, her friends, even her husband, Tim, with whom she doesn’t connect the way she used to. She doesn’t connect to much in her life, period, with the exception of three things—her computer, her BlackBerry, and her watch.

Acting on impulse, Emily leaves work early one day, goes home, packs her bag, and takes off. Groping toward the future, uncharacteristically following her gut rather than her mind, she heads north toward a New Hampshire town tucked between mountains. She knows this town. During her college years, she spent a watershed summer here. Painful as it is to return, she knows that if she is to right her life, she has to start here.

From Misty:
Funny.  I thought her husband's name was James.
I read a review of one of Barbara's books that said it was "vintage Delinsky."  Same goes for this one.  I've been in the mood for a Delinsky book lately, and I was so happy to find Escape at my local eLibrary.  It did not disappoint.
When I say I was "in the mood" for a Delinsky book, it's because she deals with meaningful issues and explores them from many angles.  She has a marvelous style, not to mention the skill  to make it all come together.  Can I just say how nice it was, calming actually, to read a book by a veteran author who really gets it?   
In Escape, Delinsky explores a lot of questions, most notably are we really living the lives we want to live, and if not, why?  She takes her character, Emily, back to the last time she can remember being truly happy, and lets her find her way again, only this time with the benefit of hindsight.
Not a light read, but meaningful, thought-provoking, and worth the investment of time.


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Rosenbalm Photography said...

Will have to add this to my list! Sounds very good!