Where can a woman turn when her own life threatens to overwhelm
her ability to keep her children safe? New York Times
bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard takes the
readers of her newest novel on a wry and moving journey of loss and
Giving advice is what Julieanne does for a living -- every
Sunday she doles it out in a column in her local Wisconsin paper.
But when it comes to her personal life, Julie herself seems to have
missed some clues. Having worked creatively to keep her twenty-year
marriage to Leo fresh and exciting and to be a good mother, she is
completely caught off guard when he tells her he needs to go on a
"sabbatical" from their life together, leaving Julie and their
three children behind. But it soon becomes clear that his leave of
absence is meant to be permanent. Things take a turn for the worse
when Julie is diagnosed with a serious illness and the children
undertake a dangerous journey to find Leo -- before it's too late.
As the known world sinks precariously from view, the clan must
navigate their way through the shoals of love, guilt, and betrayal.
Together, with the help of Leo's parents and Julie's best friend,
they work their way back to solid ground and a new definition of
No one illuminates modern love, marriage, and parenting better
than Jacquelyn Mitchard. Written with her trademark poignancy,
humor, and insight, The Breakdown Lane is her most
moving, eloquent, and life-affirming work yet.