Into thin air
When we read the novels of award-winning author Caroline Leavitt, she "makes it impossible not to risk all our emotional involvement," observed The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In the tradition of Anne Tyler, her characters are ordinary people doing unexpected things. Now, in her newest work, Into Thin Air, she takes us along on a woman's bittersweet journey of self-discovery as she grows from a hurting teenager to a young wife who one day simply vanishes into thin air.Hasn't every woman at some time in her life thought about running away...day-dreamed about getting on a plane or driving off in a car, changing her name, and starting over free of the past? For nineteen-year-old Lee Archer the fantasy is about to become a reality. After her mother's death from cancer, she has grown into a beautiful, very troubled teenager, grieving the loss of one parent and the remarriage of the other. Fighting with her father and stepmother, suspended from school, she thinks marrying pharmacy student Jim Archer and moving to Baltimore is a way out. But when she discovers she is pregnant, she feels her panic rising. Jim is painting stars on the ceiling of the baby's room, himself over the moon with delight. Lee is pacing the floor, imagining herself imprisoned by a child and home she isn't ready to handle. And so, hours after giving birth to a baby she refuses to see or hold, she slips away from the hospital and into a new life.With rare insight and compassion, Caroline Leavitt shows us the impact of Lee's desperate flight through her eyes and through the eyes of the husband and child she leaves behind. As Jim struggles to rebuild his life, Lee turns inward, trying to get in touch with the person she is and with the woman she needs to become. Caroline Leavitt's authentic, sympathetic characterizations reveal the hopes and disappointments, the letting go and the rediscoveries of people struggling to change and grow. Leavitt recognizes and conveys the feelings that draw lovers together and the forces that pull marriages apart. But most of all, she makes a connection with our own memories, with families that are less than perfect, and with the courage it takes when we know it's time to stop running and go home again.In this poignant and beautiful novel, Caroline Leavitt has found her subject, and, as the Washington Post observed about her earlier work, "In the gnarled bonds of family love she has staked out a territory of her own." The result is outstanding American contemporary fiction, a reading experience everyone who loves intelligent, quality writing will savor.
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|display_description||Hours after giving birth, a young woman flees her baby and her husband and slips into a new life. With rare insight and compassion, Caroline Leavitt shows us the impact of that flight through the eyes of the husband and child left behind.|
Runaway wives -- Fiction
Women -- Fiction
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