Outside the Lines by Amy Hatvany
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A gripping novel about a woman who sets out to find the father who left her years ago, and ends up discovering herself.

When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. 

Twenty years later, Eden runs a successful catering company and dreams of opening a restaurant. Since childhood, she has heard from her father only rarely, just enough to know that he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately there has been no word at all. After a series of failed romantic relationships and a health scare from her mother, Eden decides it’s time to find her father, to forgive him at last, and move forward with her own life. Her search takes her to a downtown Seattle homeless shelter, and to Jack Baker, its handsome and charming director. Jack convinces Eden to volunteer her skills as a professional chef with the shelter. In return, he helps her in her quest. 

As the connection between Eden and Jack grows stronger, and their investigation brings them closer to David, Eden must come to terms with her true emotions, the secrets her mother has kept from her, and the painful question of whether her father, after all these years, even wants to be found. The result is an emotionally rich and honest novel about making peace with the past—and embracing the future.
 

About Amy Hatvany

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Amy Hatvany is the author of Best Kept Secret, Outside the Lines, The Language of Sisters, and Heart Like Mine. She lives in Seattle with her family.
 
Published February 7, 2012 by Washington Square Press. 386 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What if the best thing for an artist is to lose his creativity?

Jan 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Outside the Lines: A Novel

Publishers Weekly

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Family secrets and Eden’s inability to accept her father will keep readers guessing, and the evolution of Eden’s relationships with her mother, stepfather, and new boyfriend lends credence to the ending.

Nov 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Outside the Lines: A Novel

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After a health scare with her mother, Eden decides she wants to try and find her father, and hopefully begin the process of moving past that horrific day two decades prior.

Feb 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Outside the Lines: A Novel

Cocktails and Books

When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding out on the bathroom floor.

Jan 27 2013 | Read Full Review of Outside the Lines: A Novel

Portland Book Review

Eden is a 10-year-old girl whose artist father leaves her and her mother behind in Seattle after he’s attempted suicide and refused to take the medications needed to “silence the rumblings in his head.” The adult Eden achieves her dream of becoming a successful chef in the city, but realizes that...

May 04 2012 | Read Full Review of Outside the Lines: A Novel

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Seattle-area author Amy Hatvany’s latest novel is titled Outside The Lines, which makes pe...

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Chick Lit Central

I admire Eden for taking a chance on learning to love again.

Feb 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Outside the Lines: A Novel

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