Escape Author:Barbara Delinsky Emily Aulenbach is 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... more » 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.« less
The idea of "escaping" your life to contemplate if you made the right choices is a credible one. However, the main character was self-indulgent and not very likable and the story line was contrived. She walks out on her life - husband, job, friends - to determine if she made the right choices in her life. Her boss holds her job. Her husband waits. Friends, according to her, don't really care because those weren't true friends. An old friend takes her in no questions asked even though she walked away years ago and kept no contact. Not likely that all of those things would quite work out in that way.
I have read and enjoyed other books by Barbara Delinsky but not this one.
I agree with another reader- not a great book. Could be- the story line is good, and we all go through a period of questioning what we are doing and why. I found the characters confusing, (he was angry, he was not, he was a rebel he was a loser) and her emotional journey superficial and selfish (but I don't find emotional journeys to be superficial at all). I finished it because I thought there was a hook. The hook was silly and a let down.
Really good book, read in 2 days! I saw the storyline a little differently than the last reviewer. I think a lot of readers can identify with the questions and actions of the main character, I know I could. Sure, things go pretty well for the escapee, but why would we read fiction if we wanted to get depressed! Very good read that makes you think about what's important in life.