St. Martin's Press
On Sale: July 21, 2015
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Lainie Smith Morris is perfectly content with her life in
New York City: she has four children, a handsome surgeon
husband, and good friends. This life she has built is
shattered, however, when her husband Charles announces he
has accepted a job in Elliot, New Jersey, and that the
family must relocate. Lainie is forced to give up the
things she knows and loves.
Though Charles easily adapts to the intricacies of
suburban life, even thriving in it, Lainie finds herself
increasingly troubled and bored by her new limited
responsibilities, and she remains desperate for the
inspiration, comfort, and safety of the city she called
home. She is hopelessly lost--until, serendipitously, she
reconnects with an old friend/rival turned current Elliot
resident, Jess. Pleased to demonstrate her social
superiority to Lainie, Jess helps her find a footing,
even encouraging Lainie to develop as an artist; but what
looks like friendship is quickly supplanted by a betrayal
with earth-shattering impact, and a move to the suburbs
becomes a metaphor for a woman who must search to find a
new home ground in the shifting winds of marriage,
family, career, and friendship.
Between the Tides is an engrossing, commanding debut from
tremendous new talent Susannah Marren.
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