Safe with Me
By Amy Hatvany
(Washington Square Press, Paperback, 9781476704418, 338pp.)
Publication Date: March 2014
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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The Bells, however, have problems of their own. Once on the verge of leaving her wealthy but abusive husband, Olivia now finds herself bound to him in the wake of the transplant that saved their daughter's life. Meanwhile, Maddie, tired of the limits her poor health puts upon her and fearful of her father's increasing rage, regularly escapes into the one place where she can be anyone she wants: the Internet. But when she is finally healthy enough to return to school, the real world proves to be just as complicated as the isolated bubble she had been so eager to escape.
A masterful narrative shaped by nuanced characters whose delicate bonds are on a collision course with the truth, Safe with Me is a riveting triumph.
Amy Hatvany is the author of Best Kept Secret, Outside the Lines, The Language of Sisters, and Heart Like Mine. She lives in Seattle with her family.
"Amy Hatvany is a strong new voice in contemporary women's fiction. Safe With Me is a compelling, thought-provoking novel about three women learning from each other as they navigate through a terrain filled with both tragedy and opportunity."
"Beautiful and deeply moving, Amy Hatvany writes about the tangled web of family in a way that makes you laugh, cry, cheer and ache. This book has†so much heart."
‚eoeThe novel explores myriad themes sure to appeal to fans of women‚e(TM)s fiction: love and loss, parenthood, grief, friendship, and complex family dynamics. †Hatvany‚e(TM)s compassion for each female character is evident throughout, and readers will find their hearts, at times, breaking in three.‚e
‚eoeThe voices are so down-to-earth and familiar and the events so much like real life that readers will feel like they know the characters‚e¶An uplifting and heartwarming experience.‚e
"By turns gripping and revelatory, Heart Like Mine is a sympathetic exploration of blended family dynamics. In her affecting new novel, Amy Hatvany pulls no punches; her characters grapple with life's big moments‚e"marriage, parenthood, death‚e"but she renders each of them with compassion and understanding. Heart Like Mine tells an honest, hopeful story that resonates in all the best ways."
"Heart†Like Mine fearlessly explores men and women desperate to measure up to the rigors of parenthood, but still failing their children. Hatvany bring sympathy and compassion to the page, while never losing sight of the damage children suffer when their parents make bad decisions."
-Randy Susan Meyers
"A heartfelt, moving story about the lasting effects of grief amidst family bonds and breakups, and the healing powers of love, honesty, and acceptance. Hatvany writes with such wise compassion for every one of her characters."
-Ser√© Prince Halverson
‚eoeA palpable love story, emotional search for and acceptance of a lost parent, and a bittersweet ending make for an enveloping, heartfelt read.‚e
‚eoeThere are no storybook perfect endings here, but this compelling novel raises the possibility of a hopeful way forward.‚e
‚eoeWill delight readers‚e¶vivid and written with a depth of feeling.‚e
‚eoeCompelling‚e¶a fascinating look at mental illness‚e"the exuberance and self-loathing, creativity and destruction that then reverberate against the lives of family and loved ones.‚e
‚eoeLike a gorgeous dark jewel, Hatvany‚e(TM)s novel explores the tragedy of a mind gone awry, a tangled bond of father and daughter, and the way hope and love sustain us. It does what the best fiction does: it makes us see and experience the world differently.‚e
‚eoeI‚e(TM)m telling everyone about Best Kept Secret. It‚e(TM)s the realistic and ultimately hopeful story of Cadence, whose glass of wine at the end of the day becomes two‚e¶then‚e¶three‚e¶then a bottle. I love that Cadence feels so familiar, she could be my neighbor, my friend, or even my sister.‚e
‚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 won‚e(TM)t want to put it down.‚e
"In Amy Hatvany's capable hands, richly drawn characters explore everything that is complex, difficult, powerful and poignant about being a mother, a daughter, a friend. †Safe With Me is an extraordinary look behind the curtain into the very private pains of women, and the hope that endures when you survive the unthinkable. †It will remind you that the human spirit can triumph over all, and you will wish you could reach directly into these pages and hug the heroines."