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Rescue

Rescue

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.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780671023980 | 
  • April 2000
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Chapter One

"Mrs. MacGowan? I'm afraid I've got some disappointing news about your son Malachi."

"He's not my son," I say for the thousandth time. I hand the phone to Ian and watch his face harden against the details of Mal's latest. A minute later he bangs down the receiver and mumbles something I'm glad I can't hear.

"What?" I ask.

"Pot," he says. "Three strikes, he's out."

I'm about to commiserate, but the phone rings again and Ian's on with Mal's mother, who, I gather from what's being said on our end, is throwing Malachi out too.

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