Untethered

Untethered

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Penguin Putnam

When Char Hawthorne's husband dies unexpectedly, she is left questioning everything she once knew to be true: from the cozy small town life they built together to her relationship with her stepdaughter, who is suddenly not bound to Char in any real way.Untethered explores what bonds truly form a family and how, sometimes, love knows no bounds.
Char Hawthorn has a great life. A freelance editor and college professor married to a wonderful man, and stepmother to a happy, spirited fifteen-year-old daughter in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, she loves her family and the joyful rhythms of work and parenting. But when her husband, Bradley, is killed in a car accident, the “step” in Char’s title suddenly matters a great deal. In the eyes of the law, the “mother” title, and all the rights to daughter Allie, belong to Lindy, Allie’s self-absorbed biological mother, who wants the girl to move to her home in California.
            Allie begins to struggle in school and tensions mount between her and Char, though her connection to young Morgan Crew, a ten-year-old girl Allie’s tutored since the fall, seems to keep her grounded. Sadly, Morgan, who was adopted out of foster care after a neglect-filled early childhood, engages in self-harm, making her adoptive parents anxious.
            When Morgan disappears, Allie is distraught, and then takes matters into her own hands, taking the family car to Ohio to rescue Morgan, who has been given away to strangers—“rehomed” by her desperate adoptive parents, who feared for their special-needs son. Though Char manages to track the girls down, she must face an irate Lindy, a future without Allie, and the question of Morgan, caught in a terrible crack in the system.

Baker & Taylor
"When Char Hawthorn's husband dies unexpectedly, she is left questioning everything she once knew to be true: from the cozy small town life they built together to her relationship with her stepdaughter, who is suddenly not bound to Char in any real way. Untethered explores what bonds truly form a family and how, sometimes, love knows no bounds. Char Hawthorn, college professor, wife and stepmother to a spirited fifteen-year-old daughter, loves her family and the joyful rhythms of work and parenting. But when her husband dies in a car accident, the "step" in Char's title suddenly matters a great deal. In the eyes of the law, all rights to daughter Allie belong to Lindy, Allie's self-absorbed biological mother, who wants to girl to move to her home in California. While Allie begins to struggle in school and tensions mount between her and Char, Allie's connection to young Morgan, a ten-year-old-girl she tutors, seems to keep her grounded. But then Morgan, who was adopted out of foster care, suddenly disappears, and Char is left to wonder about a possible future without Allie and what to do about Morgan, a child caught up in a terrible crack in the system"--

Baker
& Taylor

When her husband dies unexpectedly, Michigan college professor Char Hawthorne is left questioning everything she believed about her cozy small-town life and her relationship with her once-spirited 15-year-old stepdaughter, who is suddenly not bound to Char in measurable ways. By the author of Five Days Left.
When her husband dies unexpectedly, Michigan college professor Char Hawthorne is left questioning everything she believed about her cozy small-town life and her relationship with her once-spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, who is suddenly not bound to Char in measurable ways.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2016
ISBN: 9780399176272
Branch Call Number: FIC TIM
Characteristics: 335 p. ;,24 cm.

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