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Emily Meier is a recent transplant to Charleston. It became clear to her a few years ago that Charleston, with it’s amazing people, culture, and proximity to the water, had her by the heart. She realized this on the way back to Michigan after a visit with friends and she started to cry. She just didn’t want to leave Charleston. The lady at the airport gift shop thought she was crying about leaving a guy. When Emily realized she was crying about leaving a place, she knew she’d be back. A graduate of Denison University she also holds an MFA from Bennington. Currently, she teaches college English (writing and literature) and works as a freelance editor helping potential MBA and law school candidates prepare their essays. With friends and family all over the states, Emily enjoys traveling and is always up for a trip in support of a cause.

Review Of Coming Up For Air By Patti Callahan Henry

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New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry made a stop at the Mount Pleasant Towne Center’s Barnes & Noble last week to give a reading from her newest novel, Coming Up for Air.

I always hesitate in going to see authors whose books I love only because some authors disappoint in person. Henry is not one of them. Indeed, she is one of a kind, an author who is just as layered, real, and interesting in person as she is on the page.

If you haven’t checked out this great southern author, now is the time! Coming Up for Air is her eighth book and proves once again that Henry has serious skills as a storyteller. There are no wasted words in Henry’s books. Her stories always start in medias res (in the middle of things) and make it hard for a reader to put down until the very last page. I have spent many a late night and early morning voraciously devouring her books and this one was no exception.

Coming Up for Air is the story of Ellie Calvin, a mother, artist, and wife, stuck in a dying marriage. Upon her mother’s death, Ellie learns that her mother’s love life was far more complicated than anyone ever knew and has ultimately changed the course of her own. A diary, in which her mother has written in once a year since she was a young woman, hints at secrets and a past heartbreak that have shaped the outcome of the present in ways Ellie has to fully explore in order to Come Up for Air in her own life.

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Patti Callahan Henry’s characters are complicated and real, which makes them interesting and unforgettable to her many readers. I promise you will be hooked from the first page. Check out this great author and then curl up for a great read.

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