The critically acclaimed author of "Every Day" returns with a dazzling new work -- as compelling as if your own life were suddenly turned upside down by the surprising, maddening, invigorating arrival of a kind of love you never expected.
Paige Austin has interesting work, a stable marriage, and a circle of women friends who help soothe the empty spot she would have filled with the child she can't conceive. Then the stepson she hardly knows, Malachi MacGowan, walks into her life. An impossibly tall, smart-talking young man, he makes her feel certifiably old -- and yet edgily, wonderfully alive.
In a few electric days, Mal and Paige seem to forge a connection neither of them can fully fathom. She is no longer childless, and Mal basks in a love unprecedented in his seventeen years. Then, as abruptly as he arrived, he stalks away -- into an existence defined by friends and activities Paige can only imagine. Left with an unraveling marriage and a wounded heart, she attempts her own kind of escape...until Mal's inevitable crisis crashes in.
With her keen eye and courageous take on the mutable faces of love, Elizabeth Richards vividly illumines how an ordinary life can change in a heartbeat -- and then change again.
Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey Resonant with compassion and humor. Shelby Hearon author of Life Estates Elizabeth Richards speaks to all of us who are lost, who do things we wish we hadn't, who learn almost too late to live differently. Los Angeles Times [Paige is] a very strong character, well-built by Richards using humor, a talent for dialogue, and a writer's careful observance of love between people of all ages. Boston Globe The quirky rhythms and breathless pace of Rescue give us a visceral sense of Paige as a woman who runs to keep from standing still...Sophisticated dialogue, a shrewd depiction of the stepparent-stepchild courtship [and] a touch of class. Sidney Offit author of Memoir of the Bookie's Son The characters that populate Rescue are real people with real problems, and she brings them to the reader with dialogue that is right on pitch. This fast-paced, empathetic novel of complex family relationships is told, too, with an elegant blend of warm feelings and wit.