Outside the Lines

By Amy Hatvany
(Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9781451640540, 384pp.)

Publication Date: February 7, 2012

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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 the Author

Amy Hatvany is the author of three other novels, including Best Kept Secret. She lives in Seattle with her family.

Praise For Outside the Lines

eoeA palpable love story, emotional search for and acceptance of a lost parent, and a bittersweet ending make for an enveloping, heartfelt read.e e"Publishers Weekly

eoeThere are no storybook perfect endings here, but this compelling novel raises the possibility of a hopeful way forward.e e"The Seattle Times

eoeWill delight readersevivid and written with a depth of feeling.e e"Library Journal

"Like a gorgeous dark jewel, Hatvanye(TM)s exquisitely rendered novel explores the tragedy of a mind gone awry, a tangled bond of father and daughter, and the way hope and love sustain us. This novel does what the best fiction does: it makes us see and experience the world differently." e"Caroline Leavitt, New York Times bestselling author of Pictures of You

"This extraordinary novel about a woman's search for her lost father--and herself--touched me deeply. With her trademark insight and compassion for her characters, Amy Hatvany has written a beautiful and moving book. Were there Oscars for novels, Outside the Lines would sweep the categories."

e"Melissa Senate, author of The Love Goddess' Cooking School

"Outside the Lines offers a fascinating look at the interior of a mental illnesse"the exuberance and self-loathing, creativity and destruction that then reverberate against the lives of family and loved-ones. Hatvanye(TM)s storyline is compelling, weaving back and forth between father and daughter, patiently explaining as it asks all the important questions."

e"Juliette Fay, author of Shelter Me

"Outside the Linesis a tender and lovely novel that explores the boundaries of love and how we break those boundaries in its name. It's sad and funny, heartbreaking and heartwarming. You'll want to read this book slowly. When you're finished, you'll want to read it again."

e"Rebecca Rasmussen, author of The Bird Sisters

eoeIe(TM)m telling everyone about Best Kept Secret. Ite(TM)s the realistic and ultimately hopeful story of Cadence, whose glass of wine at the end of the day becomes twoethenethreeethen a bottle. I love that Cadence feels so familiar, she could be my neighbor, my friend, or even my sister.e e"Jennifer Weiner, #1 New York Times bestselling author

eoeI was transfixed by Cadence and her heart-wrenching dilemma. The writing is visceral, the problems are real, and there are no clear solutions. You wone(TM)t want to put it down.e e"Emily Giffin, New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed

eoeTouching, hopeful, and so realeAmy Hatvany writes with depth and compassion about a secret many have kept as she offers the miracle chance of starting over. I loved these characters and this novel.e e"Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Boat

eoeRarely do I find a book that stays with me long after Ie(TM)ve finished it, but this is definitely one. The writing is warm, witty, thoughtful and heartbreaking, and that endinge"Ie(TM)m still thinking about it.e e"Stefanie Wilder-Taylor, author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay

eoeOne of the most compelling books Ie(TM)ve read in years. This heartfelt, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel will start an important dialogue about the secrets we keepeand it could even save lives.e e"Sarah Pekkanen, author of Skipping a Beat

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