The Breakdown Lane

The Breakdown Lane

Book - 2005
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Where can a woman turn when her own life threatens to overwhelm her ability to keep her children safe? New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard takes the readers of her newest novel on a wry and moving journey of loss and healing.

Giving advice is what Julieanne does for a living -- every Sunday she doles it out to clueless people she doesn't know, in a column in her local Wisconsin paper. But when it comes to her personal life, Julie herself seems to have missed some clues. Having worked creatively to keep her twenty-year marriage to Leo fresh and exciting, she is completely caught off guard when he tells her he needs to go on a "sabbatical" from their life together, leaving Julie and their three children -- Gabe, Caroline, and Aury -- behind. But it soon becomes clear that his leave of absence is meant to be permanent. The succeeding months are filled with a confusion and sadness that shake the core of the entire family. Things take a turn for the worse when Julie is diagnosed with a serious illness and the children undertake a dangerous journey to find Leo -- before it's too late. As the known world sinksprecariously from view, the clan must navigate its way through the shoals of love, guilt, and betrayal. Together, with the help of Leo's parents and Julie's best friend, Cathy, they work their way back to solid ground and a new definition of family.

No one illuminates modern love, marriage, and parenting better than Jacquelyn Mitchard. Written with her trademark poignancy, humor, and insight, The Breakdown Lane is her most moving, eloquent,and life-affirming work yet.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060587246
0060587245
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mitchard
Characteristics: 382 p. ; 24 cm

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kelleypoole Jun 10, 2012

Albeit a depressing plot with husband desertion, chronic illness and snotty adolescent, it's an engaging read. I'd recommend it for the beach or for a snowy winter weekend. It will definitely get your mind off of whatever you have going on and plunge you deep into this family's life. And the ending is pretty well worth it.

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scorpio21
Dec 09, 2010

BOOK GROUP, NOV 2010 COMPLETED.Most of the Characters were not likable.I found this story Depressing.

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