Picks and Pans Review: Waiting to Surface

updated 10/22/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/22/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Emily Listfield |

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What if your husband went to the beach late one night—and never returned? Unraveling the mystery behind magazine editor Sarah Larkin's artist husband Todd's disappearance drives this novel. Sarah attempts to piece together the details—Was it a suicide? Had Todd been drinking? Did his recent art contain clues?—while providing a stable home for their 6-year-old and balancing a high-pressure career. The situation is heartrending, but Sarah's clear-eyed take on it (and, less interestingly, on the machinations of the glossy magazine world) keeps the story grounded. The novel was inspired by real life: Former Fitness editor Listfield's husband, sculptor George Dudding, disappeared from a Florida beach in 1999.

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