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Barbara Delinsky

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I was born and raised in suburban Boston. My mother’s death, when I was eight, was the defining event of a childhood that was otherwise ordinary. I took piano lessons and flute lessons. I took ballroom dancing lessons. I went to summer camp through my fifteenth year (in Maine, which explains the setting of so many of my stories), then spent my sixteenth summer learning to type and to drive (two skills that have served me better than all of my other high school courses combined). I earned a B.A. in Psychology at Tufts University and an M.A. in Sociology at Boston College. The motivation behind the M.A. was sheer greed. My husband was just starting law school. We needed the money.

Following graduate school, I worked as a researcher with the M
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Barbara Delinsky My next book will be set in Vermont, rather than Massachusetts, will be written in the first person, rather than the third, and is based on the follow…moreMy next book will be set in Vermont, rather than Massachusetts, will be written in the first person, rather than the third, and is based on the following premise: When you lose the most precious thing in your life, how do you go on? But then, how do you not?

I'm still in the opening stages of this book, and it could totally change by the time I'm done, but, for now, there you have it.(less)
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As for my own reading, my tastes are eclectic. I have favorites only until the next one comes along. Same with authors. I like reading both veterans writers and debut ones. A well-written book, regardless of the author, is a joy.(less)
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Description: Emily Aulenbach is 32, a lawyer married to a lawyer, living and working in Manhattan. An idealist, she had once dreamed of representing victims of corporate abuse, and signed on with a firm that promised this, but it hasn't worked out. She spends her days in a cubicle, surrounded by lawyers in other cubicles, talking on the phone with people sickened by tainted bottled water. Her firm is being paid by the bottler to minimize claims. Convinced that she is betraying her dreams, she has looked into changing firms, but no one is hiring. She wakes up each morning dreading her work. And it isn't only work. It's her sister, her friends, even her husband James, with whom she doesn't connect the way she used to. Her relationships are superficial and rushed. She connects to three things - her computer, her BlackBerry, and her watch. One particularly difficult Friday, she realizes that her life is all wrong. Uncharacteristically acting on impulse, she leaves work early, goes home, packs her bag, and takes off. As she gropes toward the future, though, she finds herself going back - back to the small New Hampshire town where she had last been unequivocably happy and carefree. If she were to map out her life, this was the spot where she had made her first wrong turn. Escape is the story of the dreams we have and the heart-breaking task of giving up the parts that don't work, salvaging those that do, and creating new dreams for what lies ahead.
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message 4: by Blak

Blak Rayne Wonderful to meet you, Barbara! Thank you for connecting, all the best. :)


Deborah Hello, dear friend,
I think of you often and love when I see a new book of yours on the shelves. From that I know all is well with you and yours. I especially enjoyed "Family Tree," and thought it was timely and well written, Barbara. Please say hello to our old book group for me. Hugs, Deb


message 2: by Kate

Kate Hello, Goodreads friend. Happy Valentine's Day.


message 1: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:33PM)

Daniel Congratulations on all those books, Barbara.

Keep it up!


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