Coming up for Air

Coming up for Air

Book - 2011
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Struggling with the disintegration of her marriage at the same time her controlling mother passes away, Ellie is perplexed when she learns that her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, is creating a documentary about her mother.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
ISBN: 9781250007841
Branch Call Number: F HEN NVD
Characteristics: vii, 261 p. ; 25 cm

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Chapel_Hill_SusanM Nov 17, 2015

Pretty standard women's fiction - perfect housewife is dissatisfied and not sure why, mom passes away leaving a trail of secrets the housewife will uncover on her way to fulfillment. But the characters are really strong, especially Ellie, which makes it easy to relate to her struggle.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

The pros: This book is well-paced, with fairly florid prose and beautiful imagery.
The cons: The plot is fairly predictable, the dialogue strikes me as unrealistic and over-stated, the characters are clearly Good or Bad, the main character is so naive and flat that I have a hard time believing she is in her 40s.
Maybe, though, this book just isn't my usual cup of tea. If you like married women in a mid-life crisis literature, I would recommend it. Otherwise, feel free to skip this one.

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