The Resource Escape, Barbara Delinsky

Escape, Barbara Delinsky

Label
Escape
Title
Escape
Statement of responsibility
Barbara Delinsky
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 with victims of tainted bottle water - and she's on the bottler's side. 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
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Review
  • Thirtysomething lawyer Emily feels her life closing in on her. She’s working long hours on the wrong side of a class-action suit. She never sees her husband, who is also a busy attorney, and she is struggling with infertility. Without warning, she flees her hectic existence in New York City and heads to the New Hampshire town where she spent a touchstone summer with her college roommate, Vicki, and had a passionate but ill-fated romance with Vicki’s brother, Jude. Working at the local animal refuge and communing with nature soothes Emily’s frayed nerves, but she must find a way to reconcile her need for quiet with her desire to build a life and family with her husband. Popular novelist Delinsky, author of Not My Daughter (2010), writes with compassion about the conflicting emotions many women face. Although her take isn’t revolutionary, the sympathetic characters and idyllic setting are pleasing. -- Walker, Aleksandra (Reviewed 06-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 19, p34)
  • Delinsky nails it in her trademark latest (after Not My Daughter), a captivating and moving story about a woman who's had enough of her life and wants a fresh start. Emily Aulenbach, a hardworking New York City lawyer married to another hardworking lawyer, graduated from law school an idealist, but now works on behalf of big, soulless corporations. Fed up, she walks out of the office one morning, packs a bag, and takes off for the small New Hampshire town where she'd spent a life-changing summer 10 years earlier, breaking contact with her best friend, Vicki Bell—now married and running an inn in the same town—when Vicki's brother, Jude, Emily's first big love, had dumped her. Emily runs to Vicki for sanctuary, and, wouldn't you know it, Jude reappears, somewhat complicating things as Emily figures out what to do with her life, career, and marriage to James, whom she truly loves. But when one of Vicki's employees ends up needing legal help, it's the catalyst for everything to click into place. Delinsky keeps the story moving with some nice twists on a familiar plot, rich characterizations, and real-feeling dilemmas that will keep readers hooked. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 16, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 20, p)
  • Sapped of her idealism and unable to connect to her husband, her friends, or her work, 30-year-old lawyer Emily Aulenbach gets up from her desk early one day and leaves high-pressure New York behind for the New Hampshire hills. She had a vibrant summer there when in college; maybe she can find that happiness again. With a reading group guide and likely to be popular. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed February 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 2, p44)
  • A corporate attorney leaves her Manhattan cubicle for a small New Hampshire town, where she faces an agonizing choice. Emily's enervating job at a prestigious law firm is only a higher-paying version of a hectic call center. She sees little of her husband, James, who is immersed in his own 12-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. Their love life is strictly scheduled around Emily's fertile periods, to no avail, baby-wise. One day Emily just snaps, runs out on her life and heads for the last place she remembers feeling relaxed: Bell Valley, where her college roommate's family runs a massive animal shelter, the Refuge. Nothing much has changed in Bell Valley when Emily arrives, other than the fact that her one-time roomie, Vicki, now owns the Red Fox, a B&B. Vicki's brother, Jude, Emily's first love, has been absent for a decade, traveling the world. 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. His dreaded return to Bell Valley, accompanied by the coyote that appears to be his spirit guide (and rapidly becomes Emily's), once again discomfits feminine hearts, including Vicki's—she resents Jude for being the prodigal son family matriarch Amelia welcomes home while taking vineyard-toiling Vicki for granted. James, stunned by Emily's defection, is trying to woo her back, but not quite ready to abandon Manhattan. 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. Arid stretches of boredom ensue. No escapism here.  (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2011)
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Delinsky, Barbara
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
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  • Interpersonal relations
  • Women lawyers
  • Self-actualization (Psychology) in women
  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Escape, Barbara Delinsky
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
000046859858
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
308 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780385532723
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Label
Escape, Barbara Delinsky
Publication
Control code
000046859858
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
308 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780385532723
Isbn Type
(hbk.)

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