Escape

Escape

Book - 2011
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From the author of Not My Daughter comes the story of Emily Aulenbach, an idealistic young lawyer who once dreamed of representing victims of corporate abuse. Instead, she now spends her days in a cubicle arguing victims of corporate greed out of their rightful claims. She no longer connects with much in her life, period, with the exception of three things--her computer, her BlackBerry, and her watch. One day, she snaps. Without telling anyone where she is going, she heads north to Bell Valley, New Hampshire, the small town where she spent a life-altering summer during her college years. There, she will set out to forge new relationships with lovers, long-lost friends and the person she once wanted to become.

"A first-rate storyteller who creates believable, sympathetic characters who seem as familiar as your neighbors." 
-- The Boston Globe
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307475978
9780385532723
9780307476029
Branch Call Number: DELI
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 25 cm

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NanCcan
Oct 18, 2017

It takes courage to get away and really see your life from a different perspective. Emily's "escape" has ramifications for many people - her husband, best friend, and people whose lives only brushed tangentially with hers.
I loved the way Emily gained comfort and perspective from nature. (Example in a quote from the book: "Or was it the woods that had lulled him to sleep? He had to have smelled pine and earth; they permeated the room. Then again, it had taken me a while to be able to smell again. My first night here, I was on overload to the point of numbness.") In those first days, she also couldn't concentrate on tasting her food; instead she simply gobbled it out of habit.
Barbara Delinsky paints characters with habits and beliefs we can relate to, and then very creatively lays out events that precipitate creative new ways of finding meaningful, fulfillment in many different lifestyles.

IMolina3 Apr 13, 2014

Its good book but its not so great.. it got me wonder about the end...

mati9 Sep 16, 2013

A wonderful book! The big question resonates throughout: how to reach for the life that you want when you're stuck in a life you did not envision for yourself. Well developed characters, inter-mingling storylines that keep the overall story moving forward and a fresh, relatable style of writing. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a fun and easy but also thought-provoking read.

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Sammyandk
Jul 22, 2013

I couldn't get into it. Stopped reading halfway through it.

debboerger Apr 07, 2013

Nice read....although I've actually been listening to it on way to and from work. I recommend it.

MLRMS Nov 02, 2012

One of the best stories I've read in the last 10 years. Realistic, heartfelt, romantic and interesting.

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HopeButterfly
Jun 27, 2012

Nice book. Great story line. Some slowness in some chapters.

tamcsa Mar 16, 2012

Emily Aulenbach is a married thirty year old Manhattan attorney who wakes up one morning feeling sick about having to do her job. She works for a corporation that poisoned its customers with tainted bottled water and her job is to speak with the victims and “minimize” the liability to the corporation, knowing full well that they were 100% at fault. Emily has had enough. She gets up from her desk, grabs her stuff and abandons her cubicle. Not really having a plan in place, she shuts off her cell, packs a weekend bag, grabs her husband’s BMW from their parking garage and takes off, destination unknown. After a night of foggy thoughts at a Cape Cod hotel, Emily realizes that the one place she needs to clear her head is Bell Valley, NH home of her ex-best friend and college roommate Vicki Bell, and Vicki’s brother, the only other man she’s shared her heart with, Jude. Her marriage suffers strain because of her sudden departure from home and from her life and Emily is left trying to figure out which pieces of her life she wants to put back together. DH.

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libtechlady
Jul 09, 2011

Yes, cldarcey, this book is available in Large Print

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cldarcey
Jul 09, 2011

does this come in large type

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tamcsa Jan 28, 2012

Emily Aulenbach is a married thirty year old Manhattan attorney who wakes up one morning feeling sick about having to do her job. She works for a corporation that poisoned its customers with tainted bottled water and her job is to speak with the victims and “minimize” the liability to the corporation, knowing full well that they were 100% at fault. Emily has had enough. She gets up from her desk, grabs her stuff and abandons her cubicle. Not really having a plan in place, she shuts off her cell, packs a weekend bag, grabs her husband’s BMW from their parking garage and takes off, destination unknown. After a night of foggy thoughts at a Cape Cod hotel, Emily realizes that the one place she needs to clear her head is Bell Valley, NH home of her ex-best friend and college roommate Vicki Bell, and Vicki’s brother, the only other man she’s shared her heart with, Jude. Her marriage suffers strain because of her sudden departure from home and from her life and Emily is left trying to figure out which pieces of her life she wants to put back together. DH.

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NanCcan
Oct 18, 2017

"Or was it the woods that had lulled him to sleep? He had to have smelled pine and earth; they permeated the room. Then again, it had taken me a while to be able to smell again. My first night here, I was on overload to the point of numbness."

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