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Breakdown Lane, the (2005) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Giving advice is what Julieanne does for a living, every Sunday she doles it out to clueless people she doesn't know, in a column in her local Wisconsin paper. But when it comes to her personal life Julie herself seems to have missed clues. Having worked creatively to keep her twenty-year marriage to Leo fresh and exciting she is completely caught off guard when he tells her he needs to go on a "sabbatical" from their life together, leaving Julie and their three children, Gabe, Caroline, and Aury, behind. But it soon becomes clear that his leave of absence is meant to be permanent. The succeeding months are filled with a confusion and sadness that shake the core of the entire family. Things take a turn for the worse when Julie is diagnosed with a serious illness and the children undertake a dangerous journey to find Leo, before it's too late. As the known world sinks precariously from view, the clan must navigate its way through the shoals of love, guilt, and betrayal. Together with the help of Leo's parents and Julie's best friend, Cathy, they work their way back to solid ground and a new definition of family.

Original title: The Breakdown Lane
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionMidlife Crises, Journeys Of Discovery
FictionGeneral FictionTragedy And Loss

Edition #1: Breakdown Lane, the

Breakdown Lane, the (2005)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "An astute observer of family dynamics, Mitchard renders her characters flawlessly, endowing them with a humanity that is both accessibly grounded and astonishingly deep." Booklist
  • "Although this novel could have easily become a maudlin disease-of-the-month book, Mitchard...handles the various themes of abandonment, illness, and family disappointment with finesse." Library Journal
  • "Mitchard...has crafted a completely engaging book that is more life-affirming than depressing...The Breakdown Lane...unfolds with a compelling mix of suspense, humor, and abiding humanity." Boston Globe
  • "This definitely comes from the 'men are such beasts' school of writing, but I couldn't quit...What makes this book so entertaining is how funny it is, particularly the sections written by Julie's teenage son, who is Holden Caulfield with a spell-checker." Stephen King
  • "From our petulant, prideful heroine to her sullen-yet-saintly son, each character's complexities shine." Washington Post
  • "Mitchard takes emotional family events and makes something fresh yet familiar about them." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "The Breakdown Lane takes the reader on a journey of love and loss, self-discovery and synergy, a satisfying story." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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Breakdown Lane, the (March 25, 2008)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780061374524
Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.7 x 0.4
Pages: 416

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