Search: Title Author Article. Rate this book. 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.
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Emily Aulenback is a successful year-old lawyer married to James — who is also a lawyer. While once she dreamed of representing victims of abuse… instead she sits in her cubicle day after day talking to people who drank tainted water. Day after day the job drones on, the long hours, James putting in even more time than she does, the demands of the lifestyle they had created.
Emily lives by her blackberry, her computer, and her watch. Then one day… suddenly she decided she has had enough. She walks out of her job, packs a bag, leaves her husband a quick note — and starts to drive. One word resounds in her mind…. At first she has no destination… but then she finds herself heading towards a small New Hampshire town that she knew well from her college days. She knows her friend is still there now running a bed and breakfast and maybe she will find her way….
I was initially drawn to this book by the title and the cover. Perhaps a little shallow of me, but come on — the title…. I think that may be why as I sit here attempting to write this review… I am struggling a bit. Of course if you know me… you know this would be cool for about a week before I would be crawling the walls for something to do and ways to connect… :razz:… but still, it is there.
I liked Emily, but did not love her. I liked her husband James a lot, finding him patient and even likeable even thought their marriage was off track, you could see it was both their doing.
Even as I write this I am still torn, my gut says there was an opportunity for a great story here that was not developed. There is no Tim in the book. I actually thought I was a bit wackers when I first read that, thinking… I am sure his name is not Tim. I seen it on a couple other book publisher sites as well…. Still…I, too, found something missing.
To me, there were unanswered questions and too much predictability. Normally, I really like Delinsky but the few reviews I have seen so far are not too complimentary. Great review, Sheila! Have a good weekend. What a thoughtful and helpful review! So good to know. I found the cover and title intriguing, too, but it sounds like a book that would ultimately not thrill me. I think I have gotten more picky… LOL.
I actually think that now that I read more non fiction, I expect more out of my fiction… I hope thats not unfair but that is where I am at.
Oh no how disappointing! I read the last few Delinsky books right when they came out but still need to work my way to this one. I do enjoy Delinsky and of course will read her again — just didnt feel this was her best…. I too love the idea of an escape. Sometimes I have this secret desire to run off and just try to start my life over again.
Still, there are a lot of things that keep me where I want to be. Still, this book definitely intrigues me. The story line sounds so promising. The synopsis must have been written before the book was actually finished and I want to escape to the New Hampshire in your pic!
Thanks for the honest review. Sure Julie — I thought about that too, about the husbands name.. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Skip to content Emily Aulenback is a successful year-old lawyer married to James — who is also a lawyer. A New Hampshire image Like this: Like Loading I love your New Hampshire scene above! Thats just it Laurel — something was missing!
I am glad you noticed that too…. Me too Ryan, I almost want to write int he parts that I had hoped would be there…. Jennifer… I have that desire too… what is that? Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. Name required. Post to Cancel. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.
Escape Reader’s Guide
Emily Aulenbach is 32, a lawyer married to a lawyer, living and working in Manhattan. She spends her days in a cubicle, surrounded by lawyers in other cubicles, talking on the phone with people sickened by tainted bottled water. Her firm is being paid by the bottler to minimize claims. Convinced that she is betraying her dreams, she has looked into changing firms, but no one is hiring. She wakes up each morning dreading her work.
A corporate attorney leaves her Manhattan cubicle for a small New Hampshire town, where she faces an agonizing choice. She sees little of her husband, James, who is immersed in his own hour-a-day struggle to make partner in a similar firm. The couple is too exhausted to enjoy the spoils of their labors assisting corporations to further crush the poor and downtrodden. Emily fled Bell Valley, she thought forever, when Jude broke up with her and impregnated his ex-girlfriend. Emily has received sporadic dispatches from Jude, the last from a crab boat in the Bering Sea. Emily finds contentment in working with rescue cats and pitting her legal skills against power and greed for a change. An improbable subplot involving Red Fox employee Lee, defrauded of her inheritance, is intended to inject thrills but falls far short of replacing the more essential conflicts Delinsky simply ducks.
High salaries help Emily and James tolerate their jobs for a while. In your own life, how do you balance financial needs with the quest for a meaningful life? What do you think Jude really wanted from Emily when he began writing letters to her? Would you have been more attracted to Jude or James? Discuss the way the novel addresses the theme of parenting.