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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rivers Siddons Narrator: Kate Burton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Merritt Fowler is a natural caretaker who has spent most of her life attending to the emotional needs of those closest to her: her beautiful, erratic younger sister, Laura; her self-sacrificing physician husband, Pom; and now Pom’s destructive, Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother. Exhausted and confused by the burdens she’s taken on, Merritt faces a new crisis when a fierce family quarrel makes her fragile sixteen year old daughter, Glynn, flee their Atlanta home to seek sanctuary in California with Aunt Laura, a Hollywood actress whose career is in decline. Following Glynn west and deciding to stay there, against her irate husband’s wishes, Merritt hopes to heal the ever-widening fissures between mother and daughter, sister and sister. And on an impulsive trip up the coast into the Santa Cruz Mountains the three women will have to confront their separate demons in order to save and change their lives.

Deeply moving and masterfully imagined, Siddons presents readers with a novel that gets to the heart of the confusing power of love and family in Fault Lines. Merritt Fowler is a natural caregiver, but after years of giving, she no longer knows who she is or what is important to her. Setting out on a wild adventure to the Santa Cruz Mountains, Merritt searches for the bedrock of strength and courage that can save her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Siddons is one of the giants in contemporary Southern fiction, a storyteller who turns out bestseller after bestseller…Her themes are universal, and the messages she delivers and the stories she tells are universal. Everyone can read and enjoy this story and learn from it. It is Siddon’s best, without a doubt.”

    Chattanooga Times

  • “As she has done in the past, Siddons creates here a cast of strong, engaging women, emblematic of the contemporary South, and her writing, lush with compelling details, carries you along effortlessly. In short Fault Lines is another Siddons success.”

    Southern Living

  • “An immensely readable narrative…Siddons nicely traces the flowering of her heroine’s self-image during several crises and a bittersweet love affair.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Siddons deliciously portrays the story of three women who have failed to find internal happiness…Keeps readers absorbed until the climactic ending…Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sharon | 2/18/2014

    " Borrowed this one from Annie (or possibly Joy). The relationships between the women were well drawn but I hated the ending. I've stayed away from her books since reading this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathryn | 2/11/2014

    " I partly chose this book because of the mention on the cover that it involved a trip up the California coast, into the Santa Cruz mountains... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary | 2/10/2014

    " Intrigueing plot and character development. I think it speaks to our "wild side" -- that part of us that would sometimes like to throw off our responsibilities and our orderly lives and just experience something new, exciting, daring, romantic -- even though to do so puts our lives and our relationships at great risk. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jill | 2/9/2014

    " Love all of her books, especially the older ones, been reading her for 20 years "

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