Escape by Barbara Delinsky

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8 Critic Reviews

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.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

In her luminous new novel, Barbara Delinsky explores every woman’s desire to abandon the endless obligations of work and marriage—and the idea that the most passionate romance can be found with the person you know best.

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 on the phone with vic­tims of tainted bottled water—and she is on the bottler’s side.

And it isn’t only work. It’s her sister, her friends, even her husband, Tim, with whom she doesn’t connect the way she used to. She doesn’t connect to much in her life, period, with the exception of three things—her computer, her BlackBerry, and her watch.

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. She knows this town. During her college years, she spent a watershed summer here. Painful as it is to return, she knows that if she is to right her life, she has to start here.


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About Barbara Delinsky

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Barbara Delinsky is a New York Times bestselling author with more than thirty million copies of her books in print. She has been published in twenty-five languages worldwide. A lifelong New Englander, Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. Barbara enjoys knitting, photography, and cats. She also loves to interact with her readers through her website at www.barbaradelinsky.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bdelinsky, and on Twitter as @BarbaraDelinsky.
 
Published July 5, 2011 by Anchor. 322 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Critic reviews for Escape
All: 8 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Below average

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.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 16 2011

Delinsky keeps the story moving with some nice twists on a familiar plot, rich characterizations, and real-feeling dilemmas that will keep readers hooked.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon on Jul 05 2011

ESCAPE is another appealing page-turner from a writer who continues to earn her bestseller status.

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The Bookbag

Below average
on Mar 25 2012

...the descriptions...began to grate as they got in the way of the meat of the story.

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We Love This Book

Good
Reviewed by Morag Adlington on Apr 04 2013

The novel’s resolution is lovely, with healing coming to a number of the characters in unexpected ways through Emily’s willingness to stand up for herself.

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NJ.com

Below average
on Jul 17 2011

Emily...befriends a coyote who sends her secret signals to guide her through her emotional crisis. That’s a bit hard to take. But more annoying are Emily’s relentless self-absorption and hammering away at poor James.

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Excellent
on Sep 15 2011

"Escape” is a powerful novel with a powerful message — a story that includes twists, turns and tales of how seeking peace and contentment can sometimes come with a huge price. This is one of Delinsky’s best works.

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The Decatur Daily

Excellent
Reviewed by Carolyn Brackin Orr on Sep 09 2012

This wholesome page-turner is sweetly satisfying and definitely a keeper.

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