Coming Up for Air
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, she doesnâ€™t quite seem to fit into her own life. But everything changes when her controlling mother, Lillian, passes away. Ellie sees her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, at the funeral, and learns that he is in charge of a docume
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
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
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
I dislike spoilers, so my review may be a little vague on details. Forty-seven year old Ellie has just lost her mother and is also suffering from empty-nest syndrome with her ...more
OK first I love books set in the south! So I was pretty excited to read this. While I found most of it enjoyable, it wasn't what I expected.
Coming Up for Air opens with forty-something Ellie Calvin at her mother's funeral. While there she runs into her college sweetheart. Her "the one that got away". Its after this that everything gets turned upside down.
After the funeral Ellie cleans out her mother's closet and finds her mother' ...more
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
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
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
Quite formulaic in that she manages to fall instantly for her former boyfriend whom she hasn't seen in 20 years. She doesn't seem to feel the least bit guilty that she is married because, apparently, her husband is emotionally abusive. Unfortunately, the author hardly gives the reader any reason to believe this about ...more
Coming Up for Air is a heartfelt story of love and loss, choices and consequences, forgiveness and renewal. After the death of her mother, Ellie Calvin finds her mother's journal and comes to realize that there was a side to her mother that she never knew. Th ...more
Coming Up For Air is such an appropriate title for this book. It relates to an amazing phenomena that happens at the Summer House, and also to Ellie herself, stagnant in a suffocating marriage and desperate for air. It is the mystery she finds in her late mother's journal that is her catalyst. In uncovering her mother's secret life, those missing years in the early 1960s, an ...more
Inhalt: Ellie ist mit ihren fast 48 Jahren unglücklich in ihrer Ehe, als überraschend auch noch ihre Mutter verstirbt. Auf der Trauerfeier begegnet Ellie ihrer Jugendliebe Hutch, der sie um Hilfe bittet. Für eine Ausstellung benötigt er Informationen über Ellies Mutter. Insbesondere über einen Sommer, als Ellie noch gar nicht geboren war und ihre Mutter Teil der Bürgerrechtsbewegungen Anfang der 60e ...more