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The Breakdown Lane

The Breakdown Lane

by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Narrated by Anna Fields

Unabridged — 12 hours, 39 minutes

Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Breakdown Lane

The Breakdown Lane

by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Narrated by Anna Fields

Unabridged — 12 hours, 39 minutes

Jacquelyn Mitchard

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Overview

Where can a woman turn when her own life threatens to overwhelm her ability to keep her children safe? New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard takes the readers of her newest novel on a wry and moving journey of loss and healing.

Giving advice is what Julieanne does for a living -- every Sunday she doles it out in a column in her local Wisconsin paper. But when it comes to her personal life, Julie herself seems to have missed some clues. Having worked creatively to keep her twenty-year marriage to Leo fresh and exciting and to be a good mother, she is completely caught off guard when he tells her he needs to go on a "sabbatical" from their life together, leaving Julie and their three children behind. But it soon becomes clear that his leave of absence is meant to be permanent. Things take a turn for the worse when Julie is diagnosed with a serious illness and the children undertake a dangerous journey to find Leo -- before it's too late. As the known world sinks precariously from view, the clan must navigate their way through the shoals of love, guilt, and betrayal. Together, with the help of Leo's parents and Julie's best friend, they work their way back to solid ground and a new definition of family.

No one illuminates modern love, marriage, and parenting better than Jacquelyn Mitchard. Written with her trademark poignancy, humor, and insight, The Breakdown Lane is her most moving, eloquent, and life-affirming work yet.



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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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 work...is 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.” —

Capital Times

Mitchard’s work...is filled with vivid characters who live out loud, and in vibrant color.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[Mitchard] takes emotional family events and makes something fresh yet familiar about them...

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

THE BREAKDOWN LANE takes the reader on a journey of love and loss, self-discovery and synergy, a satisfying story.

BookPage

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

Life magazine

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

Washington Post

From our petulant, prideful heroine to her sullen-yet-saintly son, each character’s complexities shine...

Lisa Ko

[Mitchard’s] tale of an imploding American family will rule the beaches this summer.

Washington Post

From our petulant, prideful heroine to her sullen-yet-saintly son, each character’s complexities shine...

Associated Press Staff

[Mitchard’s] tale of an imploding American family will rule the beaches this summer.

Life Magazine

"Mitchard dissects feelings of loyalty, betrayal and guilt with such aplomb, the book moves along like a thriller."

Associated Press

[Mitchard’s] tale of an imploding American family will rule the beaches this summer.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940172728938
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/05/2005
Edition description: Unabridged

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