Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines

A Novel

Book - 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.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, c2012.
Edition: First Washington Square Press trade pbk. edition
ISBN: 9781451640540
Branch Call Number: HATVANY
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 21 cm.


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May 07, 2017

Beautiful, compelling story about mental illness and how it affects friends and family. Enjoyed the character development and dialogue amongst all the characters. An eye-opening look at the mentally ill. Recommend this book!

Mar 10, 2017

Great read! Allowed me a look at Mental Health issues and how the system of treatment is so not working. Also gave some insight into the the homeless and the effect of both on family.

May 10, 2015

Really enjoyed this book: liked the way it was written from two points of view, and the interaction between the main characters. Recommend reading! :)

Jun 08, 2014

I loved this one. It grabbed me and didn't let me go until the end. Makes you take another look at the homeless. Maybe they don't want to be fixed; maybe they just want to be accepted.

Jul 27, 2012

Good story line. Dialogue is weak.

josief77 Apr 29, 2012

This is a wonderful book! I love the way the book covers both sides of the main characters...a must read!!!


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