Coming Up for Air
By Patti Callahan Henry
(St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9781250007841, 272pp.)
Publication Date: May 22, 2012
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Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband, she doesn't quite seem to fit into her own life. But everything changes when her controlling mother, Lillian, passes away. Ellie sees her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, at the funeral, and learns that he is in charge of a documentary that involved Lillian before her death - and he wants answers to questions that Ellie's not sure she can face.
As Ellie and Hutch start digging into Lillian's history, and speaking for the first time in years, Ellie's closed heart slowly begins to open. Using both a hidden diary that Ellie found in her mother's things, and a trip to the Summer House, a mysterious and seductive bayside home, they gamble that they can work together and not fall in love again. But in piecing together a decades-old unrequited-love story, they just might uncover the secrets in their own hearts...
Patti Callahan Henry's "Coming Up For Air" is "a beautiful exploration of the deepest mysteries of the human heart." (Susan Wiggs, "New York Times" bestselling author)