Coming Up for Air
On the coast of Alabama, there is a house cloaked in mystery, a place that reveals the truth and changes lives...
Ellie Calvin is caught in a dying marriage, and she knows this. With her beloved daughter away at college and a growing gap between her and her husband – between her reality and the woman she wants to be – she doesn’t quite seem to fit into her own life.
Overall Rating 4.25
Character Rating 4.25
Story Rating 4.25
NOTE: I admit I picked up this book because I met Patti Callahan Henry at a Book Signing. She was funny, genuine, and personable---all attributes that come across in her writing. It was a great venture outside my normal reading comforts!
What I Loved: This book was written for every daughter that isn't/wasn't/can't be sure they have/are/could live up the perceived expectations of their mothers. Even though this book is set...more
There are so many different views on this topic. While both of the books more or less ended up the same, you have to ask yourself - is an ex and ex for a reason? Do we glorify past relationships, first love etc. and remember them as being better than they were? In both of these cases, so much time had gone by, they were different people. If the people are so different no...more
"Nothing about Mother's death was funny. It was sudden and awful and left our small family bereft and confused. I've discovered the finality of death in this: It remains unchanged...more
I have read this author before and I love her style of writing. She is descriptive in a lyrical way. Her writing extracts emotions from within.
With that said, outside of her way with words, I did not like this book. I could not relate to the main character at all and found her to be a selfish, lying, unlikeable person....more
Ellie knew that her mother was hiding something from her a...more
This was a surprisingly fast read and really quite enjoyable.
One of things I didn't like were the main character's consistent use of "Mother" to refer to her mother instead of "Mom". It just became super annoying and really rather Mommy Dearest feeling after a couple of chapters. I know it was meant to convey the relationship between the characters, but it was just irritating.
That said, the book was overall an interesting read with a story that you gen...more
I was beyond excited when I found out that I had won an advanced copy of COMING UP FOR AIR BY PATTI CALLAHAN HENRY after entering to win on Goodreads. I received a copy of the book in July and could not wait to start reading it.
Coming Up For Air by Patti Callahan Henry is a touching story of one woman’s search for the truth after the death of her mother. Ellie Calvin always knew that her mother was hiding something from her and the fa...more
This is a wonderful book that connects a daughter and a mother through the mother's past. Part romance and part mystery, Ellie uncovers parts of her mother's life that she had locked away from the world and kept hidden until her death. Ellie longs to find out what all of this means, while trying to find out what her heart really wants. Ellie leaves Atlanta to travel to Alabama to learn more about her mother's past fr...more
(small SPOILER ALERT)
However, this book seems to be encouraging something that i really don't like. I don't like the emphasis the modern society (litarature/movies...) has been placing lately on middle aged women "finding themselves". It's all fine and dandy that you are sick and tired of your husband (who isn't at some point!?), but since when...more
The troubled marriage. I felt they really didn't get into it about what the actual "problems" in this marriage were until near the end. And I suppose I understand. I just want to know why in the world she started dating (and then ended up marrying) someone who is "charming" and she "...more
Ellie mother passes and she finds a journal her mom kept throughout her life. In it are passages from every New Year's Eve since she was young. Ellie, a wife and mother now, reads it and finds that her mom's life wasn't what she thought it was. It sends Ellie on a soul-searching journey to her mother's friend's home and her old college boyfriend Ellie left behind at her mom's insistence. You think you can guess what happens, but you may be wrong!
I liked this one because it reminded me a...more
I just finished the book. overall I would give i...more
Ellie Calvin is in her 40's and her mother recently died. In going through his mother's things (her dad can't bear to go through his wife's things), Ellie finds her mother's diary. Ellie finds out her mother had a part of her life that she had never heard anything about. In the 60's, Lillian had been active in the anti-segregation movement. Lillian also a love affair with a man she o...more
This book was an easy read...more
Received my copy in the mail. I have 3 wins in line in front of it, but hope to start it soon. 7/13/11
Started Saturday and finished early this morning. 7/18/11
Atlanta Georgia. Ellie (Lillian) is a middle aged southern belle whose mother has really run her life. Her mother Lillie (also Lillian) dies suddenly and while Ellie is helping her father clean out her mothers things, she finds a journal. In the journal she finds out who she t...more
Henry writes a fast paced book about lost loves and rewriting your own story through the voice of Lillian (Ellie) Eddington Calvin and her mother's diary.
I feel that everyone can relate to this book. Many people know what love is and just as many have lost love. Ellie Eddington Calvin is such a strong female character that is caught in her mother's past and her own present. The only thing that I thought was odd abou...more
This is one of those times where I feel like I’m at a loss for words. How do you explain something so emotionally intense. I’ll start by simply saying you should read this book. It’s just… really good. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking and touching all at the same time. It’s the first book I’ve read by Patti, but it most certainly isn’t the last. I’ve already be reading the synopses of her other books, trying to decide which one I want to read firs...more
Patti is hailed as a fresh new voice in southern fiction. She has been short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and has been nominated for the Southeastern Independent Booksell...more