Sea Escape: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 6, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Acclaimed novelist and nationally recognized family expert Lynne Griffin returns with Sea Escapeóan emotional, beautifully imagined story inspired by the authorís family letters about the ties that bind mothers and daughters.

Laura Martinez is wedged in the middle place, grappling with her busy life as a nurse, wife, and devoted mom to her two young children when her estranged mother, Helen, suffers a devastating stroke. In a desperate attempt to lure her mother into choosing life, Laura goes to Sea Escape, the pristine beach home that Helen took refuge in after the death of her beloved husband, Joseph. There, Laura hunts for the legendary love letters her father wrote to her mother when he served as a reporter for the Associated Press during wartime Vietnam.

Believing the beauty and sway of her fatherís words will have the power to heal, Laura reads the letters bedside to her mother, a woman who once spoke the language of fabricóof Peony Sky in Jade and Paradise Garden Sageóbut who canít or wonít speak to her now. As Laura delves deeper into her tangled family history, she becomes increasingly determined to save her mother. As each letter reveals a patchwork detail of her parentsí marriage, she discovers a common thread: a secret that mother and daughter unknowingly share.

Weaving back and forth from Lauraís story to her motherís, beginning in the idyllic 1950s with Helenís love affair with Joseph through the tumultuous Vietnam War period on to the present, Sea Escape takes a gratifying look at what women face in their everyday livesóthe balancing act of raising capable and happy children and being accomplished and steadfast wives while still being gracious and good daughters. It is a story that opens the door to family secrets so gripping, you wonít be able to put this book down until each is revealed.
  

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User Review  - JudithDCollins - LibraryThing

"A thoughtful and deeply moving but complicated love between mother and daughter from two different eras. The daughter uncovers the details of her parents' marriage, thru letters and between the ... Read full review

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User Review  - James (DayOldNews) - Goodreads

Sea Escape bounces between the histories of aa middle-aged woman and her mother, detailing how their relationship went from loving to strained and the secrets behind that stress. The story got more interesting the deeper into the book, but the start was a bit plodding. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
21
Section 4
29
Section 5
39
Section 6
47
Section 7
53
Section 8
61
Section 19
159
Section 20
173
Section 21
179
Section 22
185
Section 23
191
Section 24
197
Section 25
203
Section 26
211

Section 9
71
Section 10
79
Section 11
87
Section 12
91
Section 13
103
Section 14
113
Section 15
123
Section 16
133
Section 17
141
Section 18
149
Section 27
221
Section 28
229
Section 29
239
Section 30
247
Section 31
255
Section 32
265
Section 33
271
Section 34
279
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About the author (2010)

Lynne Griffin is the author of the novels Sea Escape and Life Without Summer, and the nonfiction parenting guide, Negotiation Generation. Her third novel, The Last Resort, will be published by Simon & Schuster in fall 2012. She lives outside Boston with her family. Visit her online at www.LynneGriffin.com.

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