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The Breakdown Lane

Jacquelyn Mitchard

Mass Market

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Every family has its catastrophes . . .

Julieanne Gillis's family collects them. An advice columnist for a local newspaper, Julie dispenses wisdom to her readers, but somehow missed the signs that something was wrong in her own home. Devoted to being a good mother and keeping her twenty-year marriage fresh and exciting, she is shocked by her husband's surprise announcement that he needs a "sabbatical" from their life together -- and devastated when he disappears, leaving Julie with no funds to raise two teenagers and a small daughter alone. But it is the discovery that Julieanne suffers from a serious illness that truly crumbles her family's foundation -- setting her children on a dangerous, quixotic journey to locate their missing father . . . before it's too late.

Praise For The Breakdown Lane

“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

“Mitchard’s filled with vivid characters who live out loud, and in vibrant color.”
— Capital Times

“THE BREAKDOWN LANE takes the reader on a journey of love and loss, self-discovery and synergy, a satisfying story.
— Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“Mitchard dissects feelings of loyalty, betrayal and guilt with such aplomb, the book moves along like a thriller.”
— Life magazine

“[Mitchard’s] tale of an imploding American family will rule the beaches this summer.”
— Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

“...An intriguing study of a quintessential American family...[a] thought-provoking, introspective novel.”
— BookPage

“I dare you to read Breakdown Lane and not adore its quirky, all-too-human cast of characters. With her ear for language and artist’s eye for detail, Jackie Mitchard will take you on a journey through loss, hope, and every kind of love there is.”
— No Source

HarperTorch, 9780060587253, 464pp.

Publication Date: March 28, 2006

About the Author

New York Times bestseller Jacquelyn Mitchard's novels include The Deep End of the Ocean, Twelve Times Blessed, and The Breakdown Lane. She is also the author of The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship, a collection of her newspaper columns. She lives with her husband and six children in Madison, Wisconsin.