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COAST ROAD
by Barbara Delinsky

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

1998 CONTEMPORARY NOVEL Nominee

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Six years ago, architect Jack McGill and artist Rachel Keats ended their 10-year marriage. Rachel took their two daughters and moved from San Francisco to the quiet town of Big Sur. There she began building a new life. All that is threatened, however, when a deadly car accident leaves Rachel in a coma.

To his dismay, when he arrives at the hospital, Jack discovers that 15-year-old Samantha and 13-year-old Hope seem like strangers. As he sits in the hospital room listening to the girls and Rachel's close friends reminisce, Jack begins to build a new picture of his former wife. Whatever the final outcome of Rachels health crisis, nothing will ever be the same for any of her family and friends.

When it comes to tugging on the emotional heartstrings, few authors do it better than Barbara Delinsky. COAST ROAD is a somewhat unusual love story in that the heroine is on the sidelines for much of the novel.(May, 304 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Pocket

Published: May 1999

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