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"[A] vivid depiction of a family's heartbreak, its rending and rebuilding." - Clare Lombardo, New York Times Book Review
Germany 1930s. Annelise is a dreamer: imagining her future while working at her parents' popular bakery in Feldenheim, Germany, anticipating all the delicious possibilities yet to come. There are rumours that anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise, but Annelise and her parents can't quite believe that it will affect them; they're hardly religious at all. But as Annelise falls in love, marries, and gives birth to her daughter Ruthie, the dangers grow closer: a brick thrown through her window; a childhood friend who cuts ties with her; customers refusing to patronise the bakery. Luckily Annelise and her husband are given the chance to leave for America, but they must go without her parents, whose future and safety are uncertain.
Two generations later, in a small Midwestern city, Ruthie's daughter and Annelise's granddaughter, Clare, is a young woman newly in love. But when she stumbles upon her grandmother's letters from Germany, she sees the history of her family's sacrifices in a new light, and suddenly she's faced with an impossible choice: the past, or her future.
A novel of dazzling emotional richness that is based on letters from Lauren Fox's own family, Send for Me is an epic and intimate exploration of mothers and daughters, duty and obligation, hope and forgiveness.
Emily is a perfectly normal, loveable and flawed character who crosses a line some would see as unforgiveable, and risks everything she has to find out what she really wants.
This is a funny and heartbreaking tale of thirty-ish life. Emily Ross is thirty and has a good life. She is married to Kevin - they hooked up nine years ago at college and have now been married for five years. He is a doting, responsible and loving husband. Emily's best friend Meg is the perfect best friend; funny, smart, available and always there. Emily has a steady stream of freelance writing jobs and a permanent part-time editing job and she happily lives in an apartment in the city. Some would call this the perfect life but it is hardly exciting.
Then Kevin begins to insist on moving to suburbia and starting a family, and Meg gets pregnant and wants their children to grow up together. Emily struggles with these changes and decisions and questions whether or not she wants the picture-perfect life. Enter David Keller, a handsome writer who works for the local alternative newspaper, who asks Emily out on a date. Emily impulsively answers yes, and despite vowing to do so every time they meet or email, finds herself unable to tell David she is married. They stumble into a full-blown affair. But is sex with someone new really the answer to Emily's dissatisfaction? And what about sweet and kind Kevin, who, despite her infatuation with David, she still loves?