Outside the Line

Author: Amy Hatvany
Publisher: Washington Square Press              outside
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings




Goodreads:  When Eden was ten years old she found her father, David, bleeding out on the bathroom floor. The suicide attempt led to her parents’ divorce, and David all but vanished from Eden’s life. Since childhood, she has heard from him only rarely, just enough to know he’s been living on the streets and struggling with mental illness. But lately, there has been no word at all.

Now in her thirties, Eden decides to go look for her father, so she can forgive him at last, and finally move forward. When her search uncovers other painful truths—not only the secrets her mother has kept from her, but also the agonizing question of whether David, after all these years, even wants to be found—Eden is forced to decide just how far she’ll go in the name of love.

Ope’s Opinion:  For me this was an emotional book to read.  I just wanted to give Eden the father she always dreamed of and thought her dad could be.  She just didn’t want to give up the idea that he could be all she wanted him to be.  

I liked how Amy Hatvany made her dad just accepted himself as he was.  He didn’t want anyone to save him or fix him.  That made it hard on the rest of the family, but it was a very different perspective of mental illness then I have ever read.

There are so many great Amy Hatvany books.  This was just hard for me to read.

Rating: 4