- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 6, 2010)
Acclaimed novelist and nationally recognized family life expert Lynne Griffin returns with Sea Escape–an emotional, beautifully imagined story inspired by the author’s personal 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 Henry and Claire, 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 when her carefully crafted life unraveled years ago, after the death of her beloved husband, Joseph. There, Laura hunts for 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 father’s words have the power to heal, Laura reads the letters bedside to her mother–a woman who once spoke the language of fabric; of Peony Sky in Jade and Paradise Garden Sage–but who can’t or won’t speak to her now. As Laura delves deeper into her tangled family history, each letter revealing patchwork details of her parents’ marriage, she finds a common thread. A secret, mother and daughter unknowingly share.
“Lynne Griffin’s SEA ESCAPE is a tender, heartfelt portrait of mothers and daughters: the attention we crave from each other, the secrets we hide, the unexpected ways our wishes are sometimes answered and the walls come crumbling down.” —Jenna Blum, author of Those Who Save Us and Stormchasers
Lynne Griffin is a nationally recognized expert on family life. She is the author of Life Without Summer–A Novel (St. Martin’s Press, 2009) and Negotiation Generation: Take Back Your Parental Authority Without Punishment (Penguin, 2007).
As the parenting contributor for Boston’s Fox 25 Morning News, she appears regularly in the segment Family Works.
Lynne teaches in the graduate program of Social Work and Family Studies at Wheelock College, and at Grub Street Writers.
She has written for Parenting Magazine, Scholastic Parent & Child, The Writer Magazine, and the popular blog, Family Life Stories.
She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts with her family.
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Tuesday, July 6th: Peeking Between the Pages
Wedensday, July 7th: S. Kristinas Books
Thursday, July 8th: She is Too Fond of Books
Monday, July 12th: Bookstack
Tuesday, July 13th: Caribousmom
Wednesday, July 14th: Red Lady’s Reading Room
Thursday, July 15th: Booking Mama
Monday, July 19th: Raging Bibliomania
Tuesday, July 20th: Beth Fish Reads
Thursday, July 22nd: Dolce Bellezza
Monday, July 26th: Books Like Breathing
Tuesday, July 27th: Write Meg
Wednesday, July 28th: Thoughts From an Evil Overlord
Thursday, July 29th: As Usual, I Need More Bookshelves